Storing 1.6 Million Tons of CO2: Accounting, MRV Plan, and Life-Cycle Emission of a Distributed CO2-EOR Complex

Recorded On: 07/22/2020

The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) has successfully stored 1.6 million metric tons (MT) of CO2 in conjunction with Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations within Niagaran pinnacle reefs in Otsego County, Michigan. Although Battelle started monitoring CO2 injection and production at the EOR complex during 2013, CO2-EOR activities began at the site in 1996. Site characterization, monitoring, and modeling work was conducted at ten CO2-EOR reefs in different stages of their production life cycle. This webinar will provide an overview of the accounting methodology for a distributed CO2-EOR field network, the development of a Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) plan, and the emissions life cycle analysis (LCA).

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Sanjay Mawalkar

Data Manager, Energy Division, Battelle

Mr. Mawalkar is a data manager in the Energy Division at Battelle. He earned his B.E. degree in chemical engineering from Mangalore University in India and his MBA in decision sciences/MIS from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has provided data management expertise for CO2 accounting, mass-balance calculations and operational data received on various carbon capture utilization & sequestration (CCUS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects.

Autumn Haagsma

Research Geologist, Energy Division, Battelle

Ms. Haagsma is a research geologist in the Energy Division at Battelle. She leads geologic characterization efforts for CO2 storage and EOR projects across the Michigan and Appalachian Basins including petrophysical analyses, core analyses, storage resource estimates, static earth modeling, geostatistics, and risk assessments. She has her M.S. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota and B.S. in geology and physics from Central Michigan University.

Joel Sminchak

Hydrogeologist, Energy Division, Battelle

Mr. Sminchak is a hydrogeologist in the Energy Division at Battelle. He earned his B.S. degree in geology from the University of Dayton and M.S. in hydrogeology from Ohio State University. His technical research has focused on geologic carbon storage, groundwater modeling, subsurface characterization, CO2 enhanced oil recovery, geologic hazard analysis, reservoir monitoring, and subsurface resource management.

Dr. Neeraj Gupta

Senior Research Leader, Energy Division, Battelle

Dr. Gupta is a Senior Research Leader in the Energy Division at Battelle, providing 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, including the leadership of the Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership ( He holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology) from Ohio State University, M.S. in Geochemistry from George Washington University, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Geology from Panjab University, India.

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07/22/2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/22/2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
0.15 CEU/1.5 PDH credits  |  Certificate available