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Innovative CO2 Injections in Carbonates and Advanced Modelling for Numerical Investigation

Version 1 : Received: 27 July 2018 / Approved: 27 July 2018 / Online: 27 July 2018 (10:50:50 CEST)

How to cite: de Dios, J.C.; Le Gallo, Y.; Marín, J.A. Innovative CO2 Injections in Carbonates and Advanced Modelling for Numerical Investigation. Preprints 2018, 2018070537 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0537.v1). de Dios, J.C.; Le Gallo, Y.; Marín, J.A. Innovative CO2 Injections in Carbonates and Advanced Modelling for Numerical Investigation. Preprints 2018, 2018070537 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0537.v1).

Abstract

CO2 geological storage in deep saline aquifers was recently developed at industrial scale mainly in sandstone formations. Experiences on CO2 injections in carbonates aquifers for permanent trapping are quite limited, mostly from US projects such as AEP Mountaineer, Michigan and Williston Basin. The behavior of fractures in carbonates plays a key role in those reservoirs in which porous matrix permeability is very poor, which drives the CO2 plume migration through the fracture network where hydromechanics and geochemical effects take place due to injection. Hontomín (Spain) is the actual on-shore injection pilot in Europe (EP Resolution of 14 January 2014), whose reservoir is comprised of fractured carbonates. Existing experiences from field scale tests conducted on site have supported to better understand the behavior of this type of reservoirs for CO2 geological storage. Innovative CO2 injection strategies are being carried out in ENOS Project (EU H2020 Programme, http://www.enos-project.eu). First results based on field tests conducted at Hontomín, and the advanced modelling developed so far will be analyzed and discussed in this article, as well as, the description of future works. The evolution of operating parameters such as flow rate, pressure and recovery term during the tests confirm the CO2 migration through the fractures.

Subject Areas

CO2 storage; carbonate fractures; ENOS; operating parameters; advanced modelling

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