Subsurface Storage and Sequestration
- Capturing carbon dioxide emissions from high-concentration point-source emitters is a key strategy in reducing net greenhouse gas emissions from power generation, industrial processes and agriculture, as explained by both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- PRCL is at the leading edge of CCS in Canada, leveraging our extensive experience in subsurface reservoir characterization to identify effective carbon sequestration capacity both regionally for initial screening and locally to support individual sequestration projects.
- At the regional scale, intensive mapping of potential sequestration reservoirs must include not only pore space assessment, but understanding of reservoir continuity (both stratigraphic and structural), diagenetic trends, and reservoir fluid / pressure systems. Adequate containment and induced seismicity risks must also be identified and quantified.
- To support specific sequestration projects, we assess the opportunities presented by different reservoirs to identify the best targets. We construct geocellular models to understand reservoir characteristics, and work with our reservoir engineering colleagues to support dynamic reservoir modeling of CO2 injection over time.
- This is an exciting time to be involved in CCS, as governments and industry are sponsoring intensive research and development programs to sequester GHG emissions in Canada and around the world.
- PRCL and associates have designed a number of regional CO2 storage projects in Canada, which currently are in the federal government funding process.
PRCL facilitates 21st century Energy Transitions
We apply our subsurface geoscience and engineering expertise to oil and gas, water resource characterization, geothermal resources, subsurface energy storage and carbon sequestration, and exploration for helium and other strategic commodities
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THE 21st CENTURY ENERGY TRANSITION
Petrel Robertson is playing an important role as Canada and the world transition to more diverse energy sources and storage.
Oil and gas will be critical for energy and petrochemicals for decades to come. PRCL supports orderly, efficient, and environmentally responsible development of oil and gas resources. Much of our oil- and gas-related work now supports initiatives such as identifying water source and disposal opportunities for unconventional oil and gas, while ensuring protection of fresh water resources.
We are also finding opportunities to leverage our subsurface skill sets beyond oil and gas, including:
- Exploring for and developing other resources, such as minerals-rich saline brines and helium, found in deep gas reservoirs
- Characterizing saline water resources in deep aquifers to supply water for hydraulic fracturing, and to safely dispose of waste water from petroleum and other industrial processes
- Characterizing fresh water resources in shallow aquifers, as water supply for many uses, and to guard against contamination
- Mapping areas at risk from induced seismicity
- Evaluating and planning geothermal energy development
- Assessing and planning subsurface energy storage, as in caverns and fracture systems
PRCL President Brad Hayes presented Carbon Capture and Storage – Assessing the Subsurface at the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Conference and Trade Show
PRCL President Brad Hayes presented “Carbon Capture and Storage: Assessing the Subsurface” at the Fort McMurray Oil Sands Conference and Trade Show on September 13 2023. He also participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Canadian Heavy Oil Association, examining...