GCCC Researcher Ramón Treviño Visits CO2 Injection Experiment in Ketzin, Germany

While on vacation in Berlin, Germany, GCCC Researcher Ramón Treviño took the opportunity to visit the offices of GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in nearby Potsdam. Treviño presented a review of SECARB Phases II and III to host Dr. Cornelia “Conny” Schmidt-Hattenberger and her colleagues.

Likewise, Dr. Schmidt-Hattenberger reviewed the status of the CO2 injection experiment at the nearby village of Ketzin. The experiment, coordinated by GFZ in conjunction with “CO2SINK”, has been injecting CO2 since June 30, 2008 and is funded by the EU commission, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technologies (BMWi), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and industry.

Left to Right: Ramón Treviño, Dr. “Conny” Schmidt-Hattenberger, Dana Kiessling, and Peter Bergmann outside GFZ offices in Potsdam, Germany.
Treviño also accompanied Dr. Schmidt-Hattenberger and her colleagues on a tour of the Ketzin site where CO2 was actively being injected 600 meters below ground level into the fluvial sandstones of the Stuttgart Formation. As of October 2009, approximately 24,000 metric tons of CO2 had been injected.

Ketzin injection experiment injection well.


Samples of the Stuttgart Formation from outcrop and subsurface (i.e., core sample).

One of the main monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) techniques employed at Ketzin is ERT (electronic resonance tomography), which will also be an important part of the SECARB Phase III experiment at Cranfield, MS.

The insulated cable and clamp are part of the electronic resonance tomography (ERT) equipment used to monitor subsurface CO2 injection at Ketzin.
Treviño also had the opportunity to observe acquisition of a repeat 3D seismic dataset in farm fields adjacent to the injection site. The acquisition was performed under the direction of the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
This seismic acquisition field vehicle was used to collect seismic data at a farm near the Ketzin carbon injection experiment site.

Researchers from the University of Uppsala (Sweden) directed the acquisition of 3D seismic data.


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