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Assessing carbon dioxide storage integrity of an extensive saline aquifer formation: East Irish Sea Basin, UK

Williams, John D.O.; Gent, Christopher M.A.; Fellgett, Mark W.; Kirk, Karen L.. 2017 Assessing carbon dioxide storage integrity of an extensive saline aquifer formation: East Irish Sea Basin, UK. [Lecture] In: TCCS-9, Trondheim, Norway, 12-14 June 2017. (Unpublished)

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Accurately determining the contemporary pore pressure and in situ stress conditions is critical to the safe planning and development of subsurface operations such as CO2 storage. According to the UK storage capacity atlas, CO2STORED (Bentham et al. 2014), the East Irish Sea Basin (EISB) has a significant storage capacity of nearly 4 Gt (P50) within saline aquifer parts of the Triassic-aged Ormskirk Sandstone Formation (OSF). The OSF is present over a significant part of the EISB, and where buried deeply enough to be considered for CO2 storage is overlain by the Mercia Mudstone Group (MMG), a thick sequence comprising up to 3200 m of interbedded mudstones, siltstones and evaporites. As a result of Tertiary inversion, the Jurassic and younger succession is absent over most of the basin, and so the MMG represents the vast majority of the overburden succession. The presence of numerous gas accumulations, including the Morecambe South Gas Field with its ~400 m gas column, is testament to the sealing capacity of the MMG. Where halite formations within the MMG directly overly the OSF, the sealing capacity of the MMG is significantly increased.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Date made live: 26 Jun 2017 12:45 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/517196

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