Pressure control for managing and optimizing adjacent subsurface operations in large scale CCS

Carsten M. Nielsen, Alv-Arne Grimstad, Robert Drysdale, John D.O. Williams

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Injecting CO2 in to the subsurface for safe storage of CO 2 the pressure propagates far away from the injection point and this can be a potential problem if the overpressure extents to neighbouring subsurface activities or potential leakage pathways. For structural closure trap configurations the CO 2 plume is captured within the local structural closure but the pressure footprint is on a more regional scale. This rise the question on, how large the storage complex needs to be for any individual storage operations and how large an area monitoring activities have to cover. The EC CCS guidance document addresses the issues with statements on competitions between subsurface operations but returns no absolute values. Pressure modelling of CO 2 injection process with state of the art reservoir simulation tools is challenges by use of realistic model boundary conditions in order to model a realistic pressure level. Combined use of models on a site scale and on a regional scale can instruct how boundary conditions are set-up for a site scale model. Pressure management through pressure release wells could be an option to mitigate undesirable over-pressure developments. For local structural closures the pressure release wells can be placed outside the closure hereby mitigate the overpressure without introducing a potential leakage by drilling inside the trap. The paper addresses the issue of selecting model boundary conditions and modelling mitigation of pressure development by use of a large regional model with local structural traps in the Bunter Sandstone Formation in the UK Southern North Sea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4787-4796
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Event13th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 14 Nov 201618 Nov 2016
Conference number: 13


  • large scale CCS
  • Pressure management

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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