Unlocking large-scale aquifer storage potential

Williams, John; Hannis, Sarah; Williams, Gareth; Rushton, Jeremy ORCID:; Graham, Romaine; Bridger, Paul. 2022 Unlocking large-scale aquifer storage potential. [Lecture] In: EAGE 83rd Annual Conference and Exhibition, Workshop 08: Mapping and quantifying CO2 in the subsurface, Madrid, Spain, 6-9 June 2022. (Unpublished)

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Significant theoretical storage capacity is available in saline aquifer formations, however there is a need to transition these from undiscovered to discovered storage resources if we are to meet climate targets. Unlocking this considerable storage resource requires considerable effort in terms of time, money and resources. The Storage Readiness Level concept provides a useful indication of the technical activities required to mature prospective storage sites towards development. The process is underway for the UK Bunter Sandstone saline aquifer, with several carbon storage licences issued, which include substantive obligations to acquire new data to de-risk the storage resource. Comprehensive understanding at both site and regional scales will be required to manage the storage resource effectively. Regional studies such as those underway at the British Geological Survey will support commercial efforts to unlock the storage capacity of the Bunter Sandstone.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Date made live: 13 Jun 2022 08:16 +0 (UTC)

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