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Battelle Oil & Gas Newsletter

Battelle to Lead DOE Projects for Wellbore Integrity, Offshore Carbon Storage

Battelle has long been a trusted research provider for the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government and private agencies with an interest in oil and gas exploration and production. We are pleased to announce our leadership role in these DOE projects, which seek to advance carbon storage technologies through collaborative research. These projects offer cross-cutting benefits to oil & gas stakeholders by enhancing knowledge of wellbore integrity and offshore subsurface resources. 

Developing a Practical Program to Characterize Wellbore Integrity

DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Battelle, along with our teaming partners (the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey and Core Energy, LLC), to conduct research into wellbore integrity in depleted oil & gas fields located in Michigan, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The Integrated Wellbore Integrity Analysis Program for CO2 Storage Applications project will research and validate a program to identify and characterize wellbore conditions in oil and gas wells based on analysis of well records, sustained casing pressure and field monitoring. The results will provide a practical program for addressing wellbore integrity issues for CO2storage applications. Total funding for the project is $1.5 million. 

Assessing Carbon Storage Resources in Offshore Geologic Formations

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Battelle was selected by the DOE-NETL to lead the Mid-Atlantic U.S. Offshore Carbon Storage Resource Assessment Project. The project will assess the potential for carbon storage in deep geologic formations in the offshore mid-Atlantic coastal region from the Georges Banks through the Long Island Platform to the southern Baltimore Canyon Trough. This study will present the first assessment of storage resources in this large and important offshore area.

The geologic formations being studied include saline formations and depleted oil and natural gas fields. The research will use existing geologic and geophysical data to develop prospective resource estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide that can be safely stored in these formations.

The three-year, $4.8 million project, funded through NETL’s Carbon Storage program, is expected to begin in October. Collaborators include the State Geological Surveys of Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania; the United States Geological Survey-Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center; Rutgers University; Harvard University; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University; Texas Bureau of Economic Geology; and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy.