Carbon Storage

The Institute has been working on carbon storage for the past 15 years, exploring the control of CO2 in subsurface saline aquifers. We have built up considerable expertise on the dynamics of CO2 plumes moving through layered permeable rocks and on the various mechanics which control the trapping of CO2 in the subsurface, including structural, capillary and dissolution.

There is a large group of researchers exploring some of the fundamental controls of CO2 migration and working on interpreting field data from active CO2 sequestration projects using these models. Ongoing work focuses on the dynamics of CO2 in heterogeneous and permeable rocks, with direct relevance to several reservoirs presently being explored for carbon storage. (Prof Jerome Neufeld; Prof Andy Woods)

  • The use of tracers to monitor CO2 migration through porous rocks (Hinton and Woods 2018)
  • Modelling the seismic reflection associated with a moving CO2 plume (Cowton et al 2018)
  • Modelling the elastic response in a reservoir as CO2 is injected into a well
  • Assessing the storage capacity of CO2 in porous rocks (Hinton and Woods 2018)
  • Modelling the dynamics of CO2 leakage from subsurface reservoirs (Gilmore et al 2021)
  • Storage and dissolution of CO2 in an anticline

Insala carbon storage project