SPE Online Education
Carbon Storage in the Mt. Simon: Field Examples of Regional Deployment
Recorded On: 09/06/2019
The development of commercial-scale projects has been a strategic process across multiple phases leading to a succession of projects of increasing scale in the Central United States. Four major carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in Decatur, Illinois and Terra Haute, Indiana exemplify the strategic pathway defined more than a decade ago by the U.S. Department of Energy – National Technology Laboratory (US DOE). Since 2003, the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), a US DOE Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, has been working to define regional CCS potential, conducting small enhanced oil and enhanced coalbed methane projects, and conducting a large-scale deep saline CCS storage project. As a direct outcome of the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP), a one million tonne storage demonstration, the Illinois Industrial Sources CCUS Project (ICCS) has expanded infrastructure and injection potential to industrial commercial-scale CCUS. Advancing CCUS even further, the CarbonSAFE Macon County and Wabash CarbonSAFE projects seek to conduct characterization leading to the development of a 50 million tonne storage complexes with the potential to receive and store CO2 from multiple sources. These projects combined provide an excellent example of how leveraging research, resources, relationships, and experience can drive CCUS toward commercialization.
Dr. Sallie Greenberg
Associate Director of Energy and Minerals, Illinois State Geological Survey
Dr. Greenberg is the principal investigator for the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s seven regional sequestration partnerships and the founder of the Sequestration Training and Education Program (STEP). In these roles, Dr. Greenberg collaborates with teams of scientists, engineers, and policy makers working on several carbon capture and geologic storage projects, including the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project, CarbonSAFE Illinois, Wabash CarbonSAFE, and the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Projects. Over the last 15 years, she has consulted or contributed to more than 30 carbon capture and storage projects, especially in the areas of project development, risk reduction, and stakeholder engagement.
Dr. Greenberg’s combination of advanced degrees in low temperature geochemistry and education provide a unique perspective on understanding public challenges related to balancing societal demands for energy with environmental concern. She currently is a Prairie Research Institute Science Fellow. Dr. Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Secondary and Continuing Education and Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Alfred University in New York.
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