Assessing CO2 Storage Potential in the Mid-Atlantic Offshore Region of USA

Includes a Live Event on 06/23/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a critical technology for ensuring a range of clean energy options are available to meet future energy demands. Offshore storage can be linked to large point-sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) while avoiding many of the logistical difficulties and potential risks encountered when siting onshore projects, especially in densely populated areas of the East Coast of the United States. The Mid-Atlantic U.S. Offshore Carbon Storage Resource Assessment Project (MAOCSRAP), funded by the US Department of Energy, has completed a systematic carbon storage resource assessment of the mid- and north-Atlantic offshore coastal region to provide a strong technical basis on which future CCS efforts can be built.

Various publicly available data sets were compiled and integrated to define geologic characteristics for Cretaceous- and Jurassic-age sandstone sequences named Logan Canyon (LC), Missisauga, and Mohawk formations of the mid-Atlantic offshore coastal region from the Georges Bank Basin (GBB) through the Long Island Platform (LIP) to the southern Baltimore Canyon Trough (BCT). Prospective storage resource estimates were calculated using net effective pore volumes and fluid displacement properties specific to offshore lithologies. Estimates for the combined storage zones were 150 to 1136 gigatonnes (Gt), which suggests mid-Atlantic U.S. offshore formations can store decades of CO2 from industrial sources in the region. Preliminary local reservoir simulations in the BCT indicated successful injection of at least 1 Mt CO2/year for 30 years in single injection wells. An initial, qualitative assessment of risk factors in mid-Atlantic offshore areas based on results from hydrologic characterization, seismic interpretation, geologic mapping, and previous research indicated that there are no highly critical risk factors that would impede CO2 storage along the study areas.

Input and participation from government, industry, and environmental groups provided input into the Road Map and addressed next steps needed for future CCS project planning and implementation offshore of the mid-Atlantic United States. Recommended near-term actions for project deployment are to develop site screening, implement stakeholder outreach and risk mitigation strategies, identify common industry and research goals, and develop regulatory pathways. Recommended mid-term actions are to validate subsurface properties with new data, conduct a cost-benefit analysis, and develop a monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) plan. Long term-recommended actions are to implement a plan for large-scale CCS operations, conduct site design, permitting, and construction, and upscale infrastructure. This project represents an important first step by completing a high-level CO2 storage resource assessment and building the knowledge infrastructure necessary to improve quantitative storage resource estimates. The data sets that have been curated under this project provide an opportunity to conduct research and development needed to address data gaps and reduce risk and uncertainty. Offshore characterization and validation strategies that are systematically designed to provide data and infrastructure that can be upscaled to meet commercial requirements should be developed.

This topic applies to both the Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability and Reservoir technical disciplines.

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Dr. Neeraj Gupta

Senior Research Leader, Battelle

Dr. Gupta provides technical and program development leadership for Battelle’s Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) work.  He has over 27 years of domestic and international experience in CO2 storage, CO2-EOR, and other subsurface projects as a Principle Investigator, Project Manager, or technical advisor.  His subsurface resources work includes enhanced oil recovery, brine disposal, geologic characterization; regional hydrogeology; reservoir simulations; geochemical modeling and experiments; seismic assessments; costing, and regulatory aspects.  

Dr. Gupta has led several field programs and research projects on CO2 storage technology including leadership of the Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (, CO2 storage pilot at the Mountaineer power plant in West Virginia, regional assessments of CO2 storage, Mid-Atlantic U.S. offshore carbon storage resource assessment, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), and brine disposal in the US. Dr. Gupta is also the Co-PI for the newly started Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) working to evaluate CCUS across 20 states in midwestern and mid-Atlantic regions. Dr. Gupta’s international project leadership includes CO2 storage assessments in China, Mexico, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and private clients. 

Dr. Gupta has published more than 150 papers, articles, and reports and has presented at numerous conferences. Dr. Gupta’s prior work on environmental technology includes fate and transport of contaminants, evaluation of remediation technologies, and risk assessment projects for the Air Force, Navy, EPA, DOE, and many private and international clients. For his work on CCUS, Dr. Gupta was awarded Battelle’s CEO award for career achievement in 2018.

Dr. Gupta holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from The Ohio State Universities, and M.S. in Geochemistry from George Washington University, and M.S. and B.Sc. in Geology from Panjab University, India.

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06/23/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/23/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
20 Questions
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available