May 18, 2022 (New Orleans, LA) The DOE NETL GoMCarb Partnership partners (i.e., GCCC staff and partners from LBNL, LLNL, Lamar University, Aker Solutions, Texas A&M GERG, Trimeric, UTIG GBDS) presented an overview of the previous years’ research results. In attendance (remotely and in person) were parties interested in sub-seabed carbon geo-sequestration in the Gulf of Mexico, GoM (e.g., DOE and other federal and state officials/regulators, businesses and the GoMCarb advisors). The meeting was hosted by Southern States Energy Board and held in conjunction with several other meetings: 1) SECARB Offshore Partnership annual research review, 2) a GoM states and federal regulators workshop, and 3) the 5th International offshore CCS workshop, led by Tim Dixon, IEAGHG R&D Programme General Manager. Attendance at the meetings exceeded expectations because of current high interest in GoM sub-seabed carbon geo-sequestration.
April 4-7, 2022 Tip Meckel and Susan Hovorka attended the 2022 Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Gordon Research Conference in Ventura California. Hovorka gave a paper on “Remaining Challenges in Storage of CO2 in Deep Saline Formations”
4/14/2022 Susan Hovorka attended the 1st Symposium on Legal System Changes to Address Climate Change and the Energy Transition hosted by the State Bar of Texas ENRLS and Texas Law Environmental Journal and presented a talk “CCUS in Texas – potential and path forward”.
April, 2022: GCCC congratulates postdoc Hailun Ni on being awarded the equipment matching fund by the JSG Equipment Committee to support the purchase of new laboratory equipment for her research project on monitoring CO2 plume migration and trapping with tank-scale ultrasonic sensing.
Sharing our experience of attending the AAPG-CCUS 2022 conference in Houston, TX:
Dr. Susan Hovorka, Dr. Tip Meckel, Dr. Katherine Romanak, Ramon Trevino, Dr. Sahar Bakhshian, Dr. Alex Bump, Dr. Carlos Uroza, and Dr. Hailun Ni from GCCC and Dr. Shuvajit Bhattacharya from TORA recently attended the AAPG CCUS 2022 conference in Houston. GCCC members extensively contribute to this conference by serving on the technical committee, chairing several technical sessions, delivering talks, and presenting posters.
In her luncheon speech, Dr. Hovorka delivered a talk on Getting to Closure and addressed how CO2 storage permanence is tied to careful site selection, well-engineered injection strategy, and a well-designed monitoring strategy. Dr. Romanak made an oral presentation on the Importance of Environmental Monitoring. In her oral presentation, Dr. Bakhshian talked about a hybrid deep learning and process-based methodology to detect anomalies in soil gas monitoring data applicable to CO2 geological storage. Dr. Bhattacharya delivered two talks entitled Predicting Sweet spots for CCUS in Fractured Hydrothermal Dolomites in Michigan, Integrating 3D Seismic Attributes, Seismic Inversion, and Petrophysics, as well as, Overpressure on the Gulf Coast: Identification and Implications for Carbon Storage. Dr. Bump and Dr. Ni presented their research studies in the poster session held on the last day of the conference. Dr. Jiemin Lu, one of the former GCCC members, presented a poster entitled Drill Cores from a Large-Scale CO2 Storage Reservoir at Cranfield, Mississippi. His poster presentation included displaying a collection of sandstone and seal cores of the lower Tuscaloosa from the Cranfield field in Mississippi.
The Risk Assessments session was co-chaired by Dr. Bakhshian and Dr. Ni. Mr. Trevino from GCCC and Dr. Ali Tura from the Colorado School of Mines co-chaired the Subsurface Storage session held on the first day of the conference. The subsurface Storage session on the second day was co-chaired by Dr. Bhattacharya.
Attending the AAPG-CCUS conference was also a rewarding experience for GCCC members from a networking standpoint, as they had a chance to meet with their former graduate students, industry peers, and consortium industry sponsors.
March 16, 2022: Dr. Tip Meckel attended a CCS Roundtable organized by the UK Consulate in Houston, Department of International Trade. Comparisons of UK and US CCS activities was discussed, with a lot of focus on how experience might be shared. A final report from the working group will be issued soon.
February 25, 2022: Tip Meckel participated in a US-DOE and India workshop on CCS. Meckel presented on the topic of onshore versus offshore storage in the Gulf Coast. 35 attendees included academic researchers from India and the US, and representatives from US-DOE and their counterparts in India.
February 2022: GCCC congratulates GRA Shadya Taleb Restrepo on being selected for the RMAG Foundation’s Robert M. Cluff Scholarship The Foundation Trustees were impressed by her academic record, extensive work experience, and well-presented research topic that involves fluid, specifically CO2, migration and long-term storage at the pore-scale level using microfluidic devices with an overall emphasis on CO2 storage
June 25, 2021: Master's graduate Meliannah Ulfah presented her thesis research to the Indonesian Association of Geophysicists (HAGI).
June 24, 2021: Katherine Romanak was a panelist on the "Industrial Decarbonization & the role of CCUS: a Canadian Outlook" seminar at the North American Energy Dialogue Series.
About the Gulf Coast Carbon Center
Research, Technology, and Education for the Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
Burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) has measurably increased the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Although the long-term consequences of this accumulation are hotly debated, it is likely that it will have negative impacts on both the ocean and climate.
One possible response is to capture carbon dioxide after combustion in industrial settings and reinject it into deep geological reservoirs where it will be retained for long periods of time. This process is called geological sequestration, or carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) seeks to impact global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide by
- conducting studies on geological sequestration of CO2 in the deep subsurface, focusing on the Gulf Coast,
- educating the public about risks that might limit deployment of geological sequestration and measuring the retention of CO2 in the subsurface, and
- enabling the private sector to develop an economically viable industry to sequester CO2 in the Gulf Coast area.
Since 1998, GCCC has been a leader in research that facilitates a proactive response by energy-related businesses to reduce atmospheric release of CO2. GCCC has led or is in the process of conducting seven major field research projects to develop effective technologies to monitor retention of CO2 in the subsurface. In addition, GCCC has led a number of diverse projects including estimation of storage capacity, EOR screening and economic assessments, risk of leakage to water resources, assessment of pressure, and whole system integration.
For a news story describing historical field efforts of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, please click here.
For a list of GCCC media coverage, click here.
For a historical look at how the GCCC has addressed the carbon question, please click here.