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Wasatch Plateau CO2 storage project

Brief description:


Country: USA

Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Large

Status: Identified

Industry: Coal Power Plant
Oil and gas processing

Transport of CO2 by: none

Storage site:

Brine reservoir: Entrada Formation

Type of storage: Depleted oil field

Volume: 1 100 000 tonnes/CO2


The Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP) is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs) set up by the US federal government to help develop the technology, infrastructure, and regulations necessary to implement large-scale CO2 sequestration.

The partnership received funding from the US Department of Energy in October 2007 to research the capacity of Jurassic Entrada sandstone at two locations - La Veta in south-central Colorado as a main injection site, and the Green River Basin, Wyoming, a smaller test site.

Capacity is estimated at 1 million tonnes per annum of CO2 for four years at La Veta, and 0.1Mtpa at Green River. Injection and monitoring and verification operations were expected to be carried out between 2008 and 2012, with post injection MMV over 2013-17.

The SWP includes areas of Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Partners in the project include the coal, oil and gas industries, electric utility companies, NGOs and academic institutions and US federal agencies.

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About the SWP and RCSPs

Wasatch Plateau storage formations, as part of 2010 SWP overview