SECARB - Cranfield and Citronelle
Cranfield and Citronelle oilfields
The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) is a collaboration of scientists, researchers, industry and environmental NGOs from 13 US states engaged in identifying and characterizing geologic CO2 storage options for the south east area.
SECARB's overall aim has been to develop an integrated CCS project using post-combustion CO2 captured from a coal-fired power generating facility - an ambition now realised with the start-up in August 2012 of the capture, transport and storage of CO2 from Alabama Power's Plant Barry, Mississippi, in the saline Paluxy Formation at Denbury's Citronelle oilfield 12 miles away. Around 100,000 to 150,000 tonnes of CO2 per year will be injected for up to three years.
The SECARB programme is now in its third phase which has seen its 'Early Test' inject, store and monitor over 3 million tonnes of CO2 at the Cranfield oilfield in Mississippi. This provided results which fed into the Plant Barry-Citronelle demonstration.
SECARB is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP) - within the US and four Canadian provinces - set up in 2003 with US Department of Energy funding. All field tests, conducted at six sites, are designed to support the DoE's aims of validating technologies and identifying storage locations. The ultimate aim is to allow the continued use of coal as an energy source.
The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) received an award on October 1, 2003, which led to the establishment of SECARB.They are managed by the DoE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). More information about RCSPs here.
Project factsheets can be found at www.secarbon.org