This proposal supplements and builds on the CGS research activities aimed at evaluating CO2 geological storage possibilities on the territory of the Czech Republic, started by the participation in the CASTOR international research project (2004-2006, 6th Framework Programme of the EU) and continued especially by the EU GeoCapacity project. Within EU GeoCapacity, a 6th Framework Programme specific targeted research project with a full title “Assessing European Capacity for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide” a comprehensive assessment of Czech sedimentary structures was performed, structures potentially suitable for geological storage of CO2 were identified and the most promising ones were selected. These are especially the deep saline aquifers of the Central Bohemian Permian-Carboniferous basins and (semi-)depleted hydrocarbon fields of eastern Moravia. Two initial case studies were elaborated and focused on these two types of structures. For three of the partial Permian-Carboniferous basins – the Zatec Basin, the Roudnice Basin and the Mnichovo Hradiste Basin, basic 3D volumetric models of the aquifers were constructed. These results represent the scientific basis the proposed project will build on.
The activities described above are only the first initial step towards a possible real CO2 geological storage project. A lot of further research is needed, and the proposed project would be the next logical step on this route. Financing of the proposed activities from the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanisms seems to be very appropriate for several reasons:
The proposed research activities represent a unique research project focused explicitly on Czech geological structures and their CO2 storage potential. There has not been, and there will not be, any other financing of the activities described in this proposal.