MGSC reaches major milestone at Illinois Basin – Decatur Project
The Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its halfway point, injecting 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into a saline reservoir at the Archer Daniels Midland facility in Decatur, Illinois. Injection began in November 2011 at a rate of 1,000 metric tons per day of supercritical carbon dioxide. The project goal is to inject a total of 1 million tonnes by the end of 2014. Injection is at a depth of 7,000 feet and a full environmental monitoring program in the subsurface and at the surface has shown the injection reservoir and seal are performing as, if not better than, expected based on pre-injection evaluations.
The IBDP is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project demonstrating the commercial viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the Illinois Basin. The IBDP, conducted by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, is part of the development phase of DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships initiative, which is developing and validating CCS technologies as part of a national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.
Additional information about the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project is available at www.sequestration.org
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