1-Day Training Course

Tuesday, 9 November


This training course includes hands-on activities, supplemented by presentations on research, technology, and case studies. The course focuses on CO₂ Storage through an integrated approach combining petroleum engineering, environmental geology, and reservoir geology.


  • Steve Bryant (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, UT)
  • Tip Meckel (Bureau of Economic Geology, UT)
  • J.P. Nicot (Bureau of Economic Geology, UT)
  • Hilary Olson (Institute for Geophysics, UT)
  • Becky Smyth (Bureau of Economic Geology, UT)
  • Sandia Technologies representative

All instructors are members of the Sequestration Training, Outreach, Research and Education (STORE) Alliance, a DOE-funded training initiative housed at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center of The University of Texas at Austin.

Course Content

Storage of CO2 in Geologic Formations

  1. Physical/chemical/thermodynamic properties of CO₂ atmospheric to reservoir conditions relevant to geologic storage (e.g., density, viscosity, solubility in brine)
  2. Modes of storage of CO₂ in subsurface formations
    • Capillary seal (physics and chemistry)
    • Residual saturation (physics)
    • Dissolution into brine (chemistry)
    • Mineralization (chemistry)
    • Combined EOR and sequestration
    Reservoir operation: injection of fluids through one set of wells to push oil out of another set of wells
    • Goal of CO₂ EOR: achieve miscibility between CO2 and oil
    • Transport of CO₂ from source to reservoir
    • Handling CO₂ produced from the reservoir
  3. Storage of CO₂ in Geologic Aquifers
    • Reservoir Characterization and Geostatistics Applied to CO₂ Storage
    • Aquifer Storage Mechanisms
    • Aquifer Storage Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction
    • Monitoring Mechanisms (e.g., CO₂ leakage at the surface, wellbore monitoring, tracers)
    • Environmental Monitoring at Storage Sites – Case Studies from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center
    • Offshore Storage Capabilities – New Research at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center