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Research agreement signed to promote carbon storage development

Risk reduction and guiding development of offshore storage sites for carbon dioxide are the main aims of a new collaborative research agreement signed today by specialists from academia, government and industry.

The CO2 Multi Store project is supported by the Scottish government, Crown Estates, Scottish Enterprise and Shell and will be led by researchers from Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS), a partnership of the British Geological Survey (BGS), Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.

The group has said that lessons learned from the project will inform leasing and licensing needs for multi-user CO2 storage sites off the UK and elsewhere. According to the research group, these sites could be developed for the secure and permanent containment of millions of tonnes of CO2 captured from power plants and industrial facilities.

Shell head of CCS Bill Spence said: “The insights gathered through collaborations like this are central to supporting the development and wide-scale deployment of CCS, which is a critical technology in limiting the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere.”

Researchers on the CO2Multi Store project will aim to predict the effect of injecting CO2into two potential storage sites within an extensive sandstone formation more than half a mile beneath the sea bed in the UK central North Sea, east of Scotland. The study will use 3D computer models created from data collected for oil and gas exploration, and will benefit from the input of industry knowledge and expertise in CO2geological storage.

The research project is expected to be completed by spring 2014.

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