UK online CO2 storage database to be launched

2012-12-17 13:52 by Anja Reitz

The web-enabled database – the first of its type anywhere in the world - contains geological data, storage estimates, risk assessments and economics of nearly 600 potential CO2 storage units of depleted oil and gas reservoirs, and saline aquifers around the UK.

The UK is potentially well served with offshore CO2 storage and although various estimates have been made of the total amount available, these figures vary widely. This new database will enable interested stakeholders to access information about the storage resource and to make more informed decisions related to the roll out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK.

With data collection complete and this licence agreement in place, the database will go live in early 2013. As part of the licence agreement, The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have together committed £1 million to further develop the content of the database and to provide users with a dedicated hosting service.

Andrew Green, CCS Programme Manager at the ETI, said: “Our modelling work has shown there is huge potential and a strong argument for CCS to be a core component of the UK’s future energy mix. The aim of this project has been to provide a more accurate picture of how much storage space is practically available around the UK shores. Whilst a lot of focus is currently on the build and demonstration of CCS plant, the availability of sufficient high-quality storage capacity is crucial to the large scale rollout of CCS in the UK.


Source: Storage, Dec  15  2012 (Carbon Capture Journal)

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