Midwest Geologic Sequestration Consortium (MGSC)

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Oct 1, 2005 Dec 31, 2017 All Counties
Director: Kevin Ellett
Other Researchers: Richard Lahann
Funding: Illinois State Geological Survey
Issue: Sequestering CO2 in geological formations may be one way to safely trap stored carbon dioxide over long periods of time. Seal integrity is a key issue in this practice.
Objective: The purpose of this project is to determine if the rock systems in the subsurface of the Illinois Basin are strong enough for effective and permanent storage of carbon dioxide that can contribute to global warming.
Approach: Existing and newly generated data for evaluating relationship of stress field and rock mechanics to injection pressures and reservoir performance. The stratigraphic column will be evalauted to establish the strength of the seals relative to injection pressures. This seal characterization will contribute to the evaluation of their potential to serve as deep geologic reservoirs for storing carbon dioxide.
Products: Report to ISGS
Benefits: This testing of carbon dioxide sequestration will demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of geologic sequestration systems that may be used in the future to mitigate the effects of global climate change.