The main objective of the project is to Assess the European Capacity for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide (EU GeoCapacity). The project will include full assessments of a number hitherto not covered countries, and updates of previously covered territory. Also a priority is the further development of innovative methods for capacity assessment, economic modelling and site selection criteria. Finally, an important mission is to initiate scientific collaboration with China, a member of the CSLF.
The GeoCapacity project will comprise all or parts of the sedimentary basins suitable for geological storage of CO2 and located within the EU and the Central and Eastern European new member states and candidate countries. In areas, which were part of the GESTCO project completed in 2003, the work will include only supplementary updates.
The detailed objectives of the project are:
Inventory and mapping of major CO2 emission point sources in 13 European (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain), and review of 4 neighbouring states: Albania, Macedonia (FYROM), Bosnia-Hercegovina, Luxemburg) as well as updates for 5 other countries (Germany, Denmark, UK, France, Greece). See TABLE 1 below.
Conduct assessment of regional and local potential for geological storage of CO2 for each the involved countries.
Carry out analyses of source-transport-sink scenarios and conduct economical evaluations of these scenarios.
Provide consistent and clear guidelines for assessment of geological capacity in Europe and elsewhere.
Further develop mapping and analysis methodologies (i.e. GIS and DSS).
Develop technical site selection criteria.
Initiate international collaborative activities with the P.R. China, a CSLF member, with a view to further and closer joint activities.
The project will build upon the basic work and results generated by the GESTCO project which pioneered the development of carbon dioxide emissions and geological storage mapping in Europe, and which has served as an international example.