FME SUCCESS annual report 2014
The research performed by the FME SUCCESS Centre provides increased insight into small-scale processes related to fluid-mineral-rock reactions kinetics, fluid flow behavior and geomechanical deformation, as well as to large-scale reservoir capacity, containment and monitoring issues.
Curbing CO2 emissions is becoming equally more important as well as difficult every year. It is obvious, for the time being, that the world lacks adequate tools and political will to curb emissions.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is considered by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as a key tool to mitigate fossil fuel emissions on a scale to meet international atmospheric CO2 stabilization targets. Regrettably, deployment of CCS on a global scale is severely hampered by low CO2 quote prices. Over the past ten years, however, several new demonstration projects have been launched, demonstrating the capabilities of CCS, particularly in combination with utilization of CO2 for EOR.
The FME SUCCESS Centre on CO2 storage addresses an important part of the CCS value chain. Focusing on understanding the behavior of CO2 reservoirs, flow and seal, the Centre contributes to unlocking the significant potential for subsurface storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf. The (Norwegian) North Sea is recognized as a key to establishing an effective CCS value chain and transformation to low-carbon economy in Europe, many international reports says. A collaborative effort by the Norwegian research community on CO2 storage, including the two FMEs on CCS, SUCCESS and BIGCCS, addresses this issue, through the separate project 'Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf'.
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