CO2 field lab, Svelvik
The main purpose of the CO2 field lab is to increase the safety of CO2 storage and obtain knowledge on how to monitor the movement of CO2 in geological formations. This will enable the project to detect possible leakage of CO2 at the earliest possible time.
The objective of the project:
The project is a cooperation between Norway, France and the UK, which aims to develop and set standards for the monitoring of geological formations where CO2 is stored.
The purpose of the project is to develop a methodology for monitoring of CO2 diffusion and detection to ensure safe underground storage of CO2.
This specific site is chosen because CO2 can be injected into a sand formation in a well controlled and well characterized geological formation.
The project is divided into two main phases:
Phase 1: Studies will be done to find out whether the site is suitable for this purposes. This phase will be conducted during the project's first year.
Phase 2: A 3-year study in which a small amount of CO2 is injected underground. The movement of the injected CO2 will be carefully monitored with the most up-to-date and most suitable methods.
The project has injected several tonnes of CO2 in a shallow layer (approx. 20 metres). The behaviour of the CO2 is currently being analyzed and will give important information about monitoring as well as instrument sensitivity. In the next phase, which is planned to start in summer 2013, CO2 will be injected into a deeper layer (approx. 200m).
The CO2 field lab in Svelvik represents an unique opportunity to build knowledge about how to monitor future CO2 storage sites, and will be available for monitoring projects over many years.