The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Crown Estates are to join forces to create an online database of mapped UK offshore carbon dioxide storage capacity .
Under an agreement with the Energies Technologies Institute (ETI), the organisations will create a database that combines geological data, storage estimates and risk assessments with the economics of nearly 600 potential CO2 storage units of depleted oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers around the UK.
The launch of the database – which is expected to go live in early 2013 – follows on from ETIs £3.8M carbon storage appraisal project that started in October 2009. As part of the licence agreement, Crown Estates and the BGS have committed £1M to further develop the content of the database and to provide users with a dedicated hosting service.
“Our modelling work has shown there is huge potential and a strong argument for CCS (carbon capture and storage) to be a core component of the UK’s future energy mix,” said ETI CCS programme manager Andrew Green. “The aim of this project has been to provide a more accurate picture of how much storage space is practically available around the UK shores.”