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 IDAEA is organising a session on "Mineralogical aspects of CO2 storage" in the EMC2012
Geological sequestration of CO2 is internationally considered as a potential means of contributing to the planned reduction in anthropogenic emissions. Injecting CO2 at depth will involve the acidification of groundwater and the possible dissolution and precipitation of minerals in the reservoir and seal formations. Porosities may change as a consequence of these reactions, together with key flow and transport properties (permeability, diffusivity). These changes could possibly exceed the natural ranges of values in the geological formations. The injection and migration of CO2 could also be affected by these processes. The focus of this session will be to present experimental and modelling studies applied to the understanding and quantification of mineral reactions in the context of CO2 sequestration, together with the impact of these changes on fluid flow and solute transport. More information at http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMC2012/session/11344
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 MUSTANG visit to CO2CRC and the Otway Project injection site in Australia
As part of the preparations for the Heletz CO2 injection experiment, a group of MUSTANG partners visited the CO2CRC Otway Project injection site in Australia in May 2012. Hosted by MUSTANG SIRAB representative Dr Matthias Raab from CO2CRC, the group visited both the CO2CRC offices in Melbourne, the CSIRO research institute as well as the Otway Project in south west Victoria. The objective of the successful visit was in particular to learn from the CO2CRC experiences from the CO2 push-pull injection experiment of Otway Stage 2B that was carried out recently, as well as to discuss research topics of common interest in general. The Otway Stage 2B experiment has many similar features that the under-preparation first injection experiment at Heletz will have. In both cases the main activity is the determination of in-situ residual and dissolution trapping of CO2. The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) is one of the world’s leading collaborative research organizations focused on CCS. It is a joint venture of industry, government, universities and research bodies from Australia and elsewhere (http://www.co2crc.com.au/). The CO2CRC Otway Project is Australia’s first demonstration of the geological storage of CO2 and a project that has made major contributions to international knowledge of how to plan, conduct and monitor CCS projects. In Stage 1 CO2-rich gas was extracted from an existing well, processed, compressed and transported underground in a 2 km pipeline to the injection well, where it was injected into a depleted gas reservoir at a depth of 2050 meters. CO2 migrated up-dip within the reservoir sandstone capped by the impervious seal from above and was detected months after the start of injection at the Naylor-1 monitoring well. Monitoring was also carried out in the atmospheric, surface and near surface domains. Altogether over 65 000 tons were injected. Overall, the project gave confidence in the injection technology as well as modeling and monitoring techniques. During Stage 2, the focus has been in characterizing the trapping mechanisms and storage capacity in a saline aquifer, by means of a push-pull CO2 injection experiment to a saline aquifer at 1500 m depth. The experiments were carried out in 2011 and interpretation of the results is presently underway. A video of the experiments is online at www.co2crc.com.au/imagelibrary/
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 MUSTANG 18-month progress report submitted to EU
As part of its required reporting to the EU, the coordinator has submitted a periodic report to the EU documenting work progress during the first 18 months of the 48 month project. The core of this report, containing work package progress reports, contains the scientific and technical results from this period and can be downloaded from this site.
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 Mustang partners at EGU meeting - Session: ERE2.5 Site Characterization for CO2 Geological Storage Sites
This session addresses the issue of site characterization of geological formations for storage of CO2. Presentations are invited to cover the various aspects associated with that, including advances in process understanding and development of related measurement techniques, role of modelling in assessing the evolution of the site and effect of spatial variability http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/session/7624
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 MUSTANG Information day at Technion
On 11/03/2010 an information day on MUSTANG was held at the Technion. Participants to this gathering included the scientific staff of the Technion and external guests from the IEC (Israel Electric Corporation), The IWA (the Israel Water Authority), The chief scientist of the Israel Ministry of Infrastructures (MOI), The Ministry for the protection of the environment (MPE), The Israel Geological survey (GSI) and the Israel Geophysical institute (GII).
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 Jacob Bear HORTON MEDAL
MUSTANG partner Prof Jacob Bear is the 2010 recipient of the highly recognized Horton medal. The prize is awarded by American Geophysical Union (AGU) to no more than one person annually for 'outstanding contributions in hydrology'. Congratulations Prof Bear from the entire MUSTANG group! FURTHER INFORMATION ON: http://www.agu.org/about/honors/union/horton/
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