SWP Gordon Creek
Clean Coal Power Initiative, US
The Southwest Regional Partnership (SWP) has entered the third phase of a CO2 storage project and is to begin field trials at Thunderbird Energy's Gordon Creek natural gas plant in Utah. The project aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of carbon storage technologies, and will store up to 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The work will include an extensive 3D seismic shoot and the drilling of up to two 12,000ft CO2 source wells.
The project, which is managed and supported by NETL, will be run by Thunderbird's subsidiary Gordon Creek. Leading partners are the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the Petroleum Resource Recovery Center and the University of Utah/New Mexico Tech. Other participating agencies include Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, USTAR, Utah Geological Society, and the University of Missouri.
SWP was selected by the US Department of Energy and NETL as one of seven regional partnerships to take forward research and development into CCS technologies.
Finance and timing
SWP's phase three budget is $90 million, of which $29 million will be allocated to the Gordon Creek trial - $23 million will be provided by the DoE with the remainder coming from participating agencies. Operations are expected to begin once the necessary permits have been secured.