DOE grant funds Wyoming carbon capture study

Supported by a $1.5m (£0.96m) grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE), University of Wyoming (UW) researchers are to study the storage of CO2 as well as nitrogen and sulphur oxides in southwest Wyoming’s Rock Springs Uplift.

The Rock Springs Uplift, which boasts geologic formations that have been identified as among the most promising targets for storing CO2 in the state, is also home to a planned test site to be drilled by a partnership led by the University of Wyoming as well as Baker Hughes and other companies.

Project leader Mohammad Piri, a professor in the UW Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, said that a multidisciplinary research team will assess how much carbon can be injected into the formations and if it can be permanently trapped with negligible leakage.

Experimental and modelling work will be conducted on reservoir rock samples that will be recovered from the stratigraphic test well.

Recognising the importance of carbon storage to ensure the future of Wyoming’s fossil fuels industry, the university is contributing an additional $1.37m to the project, which is funded by the DOE for three years.

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