Assessing European Capacity for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide    

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7. Workplan for the full duration of the project

7.1. Introduction

The geological surveys and the range of other research partners throughout Europe are in a unique position to carry out this R&D study. The surveys and other state institutes have over decades, and in some instances for more than a century, studied and mapped the distribution and composition of hard rocks and sediments in the subsurface. The project partners thus have access to large amounts of accumulated knowledge of the subsurface geology of Europe obtained from work with mineral exploitation, geothermal studies, hydrocarbon activities such as seismic mapping and drilling for oil. These various vintages of maps, other data and previous work will make it possible for the project partners to produce reasonable evaluations of the CO2 storage capacity of the selected representative study areas.

Geographical coverage of the project

Based on the methodologies developed in previous activities – particularly the GESTCO project – the GeoCapacity project has been designed with the following roles for the partners:

The Coordinator GEUS will oversee all activities, having made working relationships and agreements with all of the other partners. The British Geological Survey (BGS) will lead all work relating to GIS while the Dutch Geological Survey TNO will lead the economic work.

The work assessment of geological capacities will be divided into three geographical groups (see also Figure above), facilitating cooperation between the partipants of these groups, while also assisting the project coordinator:

  • North Eastern Group: Lead by SGUDS of Slovakia the other members are MEERI PAS and PBG of Poland, Vattenfall AB of Sweden/Poland) Tallin University of Estonia, SGSL of Latvia, LGS of Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

  • Central East Group: Lead by ELGI of Hungary the other members are GeoEcoMar of Romania, Sofia University of Bulgaria, and IGME of Greece (covering Albania and Macedonia – FYROM).

  • South Group: Lead by Croatian University of Zagreb the other members are IGME and Endesa Generacion of Spain, OGS and EniTecnologie of Italy, Slovenia while Bosnia-Hercegovina will be covered by University of Zagreb.

An industrial partner is attached to each the three groups, and these three partners add considerable value to the project:

  1. Vattenfall AB is heavily involved also in RTD on capture and is the most active European power company involved in the development of CCS. General RTD input will be provide by Vattenfall AB – the Corporate HQ in Sweden – while Vattenfall Poland will provide national input.

  2. EniTecnologie is actively engaged in investigating the potential for CCS in Italy and possess experience, technical skills and data, which will improve the quality of the project work. EniTecnologie has already initiated some work on standards and procedures for CCS.

  3. Endesa Generacion, while being one of the large power companies in Europe, is a relatively new player in the field of CSS. It is part owner of one of the only two IGCC power plants (advanced coal-fired technology) in Europe, making evaluation of geological storage potential in that region of Spain particularly interesting.

BGR of Germany will jointly with British BGS lead the work on naturally occurring CO2, while IFP of France will contribute to hydrocarbon evaluations and reservoir simulation.

The International Cooperation will be lead by BRGM of France working closely with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. Contributions will be provided by GEUS, BGS and TNO on key issues.

7.2. Workflow

The work on gathering CO2 emission data (WP 1) will be initiated from the very first day and may in many cases include close cooperation with government agencies outside the project organisation.

As soon as this work is in progress, work will commence on gathering geological and other technical data necessary for the assessing geological storage capacities of the countries covered in the study (WP 2 & 3). These are the main task of the project.

While collecting storage data, the work on standards and site selection criteria (WP 4) will be initiated. It will be conducted by a small, experience group of participants. Result from this work will be feed into the project as well as being provided to external users and the international co-operation activities (WP 6).

While the above activities are ongoing, two other WP’s will be started:
Towards the end of the project the DSS tool (combined with the GIS from WP 1) will used for economic evaluations of source-transport-storage case studies in the different countries. The DSS to used by each partner will from the onset of the project be further developed to improve functionality and user-friendliness.

With almost a life of its own WP 6, dealing with international co-operation, will focus on establishing scientific co-operation with China, possibly in a later project to be followed by establishing similar contacts and co-operation with India and Russia. This activity is considered to be very important for the future of CSS; see textbox in Section 5.4.

Project planning will be updated after approximately one year.

7.3. Workpackage structure >>>

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