Expected Results

The main predicted results of the project would be to provide the following: Summary report on storage formation and seal rock properties newly determined and their influence on CO2 storage potential (based on results of Activity 1). At least one article in a prestigious scientific journal will be prepared on the basis of these results.

  • Volumetric 3D model of the saline aquifers in the Ceska Kamenice Basin in ArcGIS environment, ready to be transferred into more sophisticated basin and/or reservoir modelling tools (result of Sub-activity 2.1).
  • Sequence-stratigraphic and basin evolution model of the selected sub-basin in the PetroMod environment, ready for further development in any common basin modelling software (result of Sub-activity 2.3).
  • Preliminary static reservoir model for selected aquifer structure, ready for further development (result of Sub-activity 2.4).
  • Summary report on modelling results (result of Activity 2). At least one article in a prestigious scientific journal will be prepared on the basis of these results.
  • Summary report on screening and CO2 storage potential of Czech hydrocarbon fields (result of Activity 3).
  • Final report describing all project achievements.

In addition to the above, paper and/or poster presentations based on project results will be prepared for at least 2 prestigious international conferences, like e.g. CCS Trondheim Conference (spring 2010) or EAGE / SPE EUROPEC Conference & Exhibition (June 2010).

Last but not least, an open workshop will be organised during the final period of the project in Prague with the aim to disseminate project results to a broader R&D community, relevant industry representatives and policy / decision makers from the Czech Republic as well as neighbouring countries.

Purpose

Fresh cores on the drilling site. Credit: Juraj Franců/CGS

The proposed project is the first case of direct project cooperation between CGS and IRIS despite the fact that both institutions are collaborating as country representatives in European Network for Research in Geo-Energy (ENeRG) since 2004. The potential of a future more intensive cooperation in the field of geological storage of CO2 is big, due to the fact that the expertise of both institutions is complementary in many cases. The expected intensification of CCS-related activities both in the Czech Republic and internationally justifies the assumption that further common grants / projects / contracts will follow in future.

Transfer of know-how is another important aspect of this proposal. IRIS is ready to transfer to CGS the knowledge and methodology in several areas of their expertise:

  • laboratory testing of rock samples (porosity and permeability measurements, determination of geomechanical properties of sealing rocks)
  • reservoir modeling and simulation
  • screening and evaluation of hydrocarbon fields for EOR applications

This activity will include two short study stays of CGS staff members at IRIS in Stavanger.

Sustainability of the activities

The findings of the project will represent an important step on the route towards CO2 capture and storage implementation in the Czech Republic. The project results will be very valuable for preparing a future pilot and/or demonstration project of CO2 geological storage in the Czech Republic. (First plans of such activities have been already announced by the industry.) The research results will be published (i.e. available to the public) and some of the results like the 3D basin and reservoir models can be easily updated by new data / information obtained from further research or applied activities, and transferred to any institution that would continue with the storage site development for industrial purposes (after handling all the property and intellectual property rights).

The methodology will be kept and further developed at Czech Geological Survey. CGS is the national research leader in this field and, in addition, it is the advisory institution of the Ministry of Environment in the field of geology. The Ministry will most probably become the “national competent authority” responsible for CO2 storage according to the proposed EU Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide. The knowledge gained by CGS through this type of research will be extremely important when assisting the Ministry in permitting of CO2 geological storage sites, assessment of site investigation programmes, site monitoring plans, etc.

Both kinds of project results used and described above will guarantee the sustainability of the activities proposed within this project.