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Battelle Wins Contracts to Advance Carbon Management and Shale Development

Posted on Dec 20, 2012


Columbus, OH., 20 December, 2012—Battelle recently has won multiple awards from the U.S. Department of Energy and the World Bank to address carbon management and oilfield produced waters. The projects total about $6 million and demonstrate continued advancement of Battelle’s subsurface resource management offerings to address complex energy and environmental challenges related to production and use of fossil fuels.

“Battelle experts have managed and safely executed more than $100 million worth of carbon capture and storage field programs during the last five years,” said Marty Toomajian, president of Battelle’s Energy, Environment and Material Sciences Global Business. “These new awards illustrate our continued success in this area. In addition, most of these projects involve unique public-private partnerships—these government research projects develop technologies that without Federal funding may not be developed.”

Following is a breakdown of each:

  • Addressing Subsurface Brine Disposal - The Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), has selected Battelle’s proposal for assessment of subsurface disposal of oilfield brine under its Unconventional Resources Program.

Battelle will address the growing demand for subsurface brine disposal from oil and gas     production in the Northern Appalachian Basin (in Ohio and neighboring states) during the next two years. The work includes compiling geological and reservoir data, developing geologic models from well logs and seismic data, and carrying out advanced reservoir and geomechanical simulations to better understand the geologic setting, reservoir dynamics, geomechanical issues, and subsurface effects of brine disposal.  Battelle will be supported by the state geological surveys, brine injection, and geomechanical companies in this research.

  • Carbon Dioxide Utilization and Storage - DOE’s NETL also has selected Battelle for two projects dealing with carbon dioxide utilization and storage. The projects are co-funded by The Development Services Agency’s Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO) for promoting clean use of Ohio coals.  

Evaluating Wellbore Integrity - The first project is Systematic Assessment of Wellbore Integrity for Geologic Carbon Storage Using Regulatory and Industry Information. It will review well records to determine categories of well integrity based upon well age, construction methods and materials. This information will be linked to field observations of well construction and pressures.  The project will help understand and mitigate risk factors to help facilitate the use of CO2 in enhanced oil recovery and storage in geologic formations. Additional funding and collaborative support is being provided by the oil and gas industry.

Simplifying Computer Models for CO2 Sequestration - The second NETL-funded project is called Simplified Predictive Models for CO2 Sequestration Performance Assessment. The project will develop and validate simplified modeling tools that would assist project developers, risk assessors, modelers and regulators in carrying out rapid feasibility and risk assessment of CO2sequestration projects. Battelle is collaborating with Stanford University.

  • CO2 Storage Capacity Building in China - Finally, Battelle has been selected by The World Bank to provide consulting services to assist China Power Investment Corporation for exploration of CO2 storage options from a coal-fired power plant in China’s Sichuan Basin. This project demonstrates how Battelle’s CO2 storage and utilization expertise developed over the last 15 years is being used in a country with very rapidly growing CO2 emissions.  Battelle is collaborating with WorleyParsons and Chinese Geological Survey in this program.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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