Theoretical analysis of how pressure buildup and CO[subscript 2] migration can both constrain storage capacity in deep saline aquifers
Author(s)Szulczewski, Michael L.; MacMinn, Christopher W.; Juanes, Ruben
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Estimating the carbon dioxide (CO[subscript 2]) storage capacity of deep saline aquifers is important for identifying those most suitable for sequestration, and for planning the future development of CO[subscript 2] storage projects. Currently, capacity estimates are highly uncertain due in part to uncertainty in the dominant constraint on capacity: both the pressure buildup from injection and the space available to trap CO[subscript 2] have been identified as constraints, but have not been rigorously compared to determine the conditions under which each is more limiting. In this study, we evaluate their relative importance in an idealized aquifer using simple, but dynamic models of how pressure rises during injection and how CO[subscript 2] becomes trapped in the pore space. We show that there exists a crossover injection duration, T[subscript c], below which pressure constraints dominate, but above which the CO[subscript 2] migration becomes the more limiting constraint. We illustrate this behavior by applying the models to the Fox Hills Sandstone.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Szulczewski, M.L., C.W. MacMinn, and R. Juanes. “Theoretical Analysis of How Pressure Buildup and CO[subscript 2] Migration Can Both Constrain Storage Capacity in Deep Saline Aquifers.” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 23 (April 2014): 113–118.
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