Putting It Down UnderGeological Storage of Carbon Dioxide from an Australian Perspective
As part of the Australian Petroleum Cooperative Research Center's GEODISC program, four potential storage sites were selected, covering the Petrel sub-Basin (NW Australia), Gippsland Basin (SE Australia), the Carnarvon Basin (NW Australia) and the Dongara field in the North Perth Basin (W Australia). The first three sites are deep saline formations offshore, whereas the fourth one is a depleted gas field onshore. Geological characterisation, geochemical and geomechanical analysis, reservoir simulation, economic evaluation and risk assessment were carried out for each site.
Reservoir simulation results for these sites are discussed and compared, and generic lessons for underground storage are summarized. In particular, the role of convective mixing in the long-term dissolution of carbon dioxide in deep saline formations is analysed.
He has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1988), and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Australian National University (1993). He has held postdoctoral positions in theoretical colloid chemistry, polymer chemistry and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics at the University of Melbourne, Lund University (Sweden) and the Australian National University. He joined CSIRO's Petroleum Resources Division in 1999 to work on the GEODISC project.