Welcome to the PROTECT project, a 3-year project funded by the Norwegian Research Council (CLIMIT program), Total Norge, Statoil, RWE DEA Norge, ConocoPhilips, CGG Veritas, and Lundin. The project consortium involves five leading Norwegian research and academic institutions in carbon storage: Uni Research CIPR (project lead), Institute for Energy Technology, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, University of Bergen, and University of Oslo.
Since April 2014, the PROTECT team has sought to better understand the ability of the caprock to safely and effectively contain CO2 in large, industrial-scale storage projects. The project will study typical storage environments in the North Sea that have large storage capacity for injected CO2. The project addresses concerns that injection rates of tens of millions tons per year can overpressurize the storage complex, inducing damaging stress on the caprock and causing unwanted leakage.
The PROTECT project emphasizes the integration of data acquisition, laboratory experiments and computational studies to advance new knowledge in our understanding of caprock integrity.
New results of model comparison for large-scale pressure and deformation in the southern Utsira can be found in WP4 results and in the presentation given at the Interpore Conference in Rotterdam: Model comparison for geomechanical simulation of large-scale CO2 storage (42)
The project leader Sarah Gasda was invited to give a talk about the project at the recent CLIMIT Summit held on 7-8 March 2017 at the Soria Moria Hotel, Oslo. The talk can be found here: Keeping CO2 safely stored (50)
Recent project results are now being synthesized for each work package. This is a work in progress, so please check back!