Spring 2016
Neeraj Gupta
Senior Research Leader, Energy Business Line
Battelle
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This presentation will provide information on the work being undertaken by the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) to test and demonstrate the commercial viability of carbon capture, utilization and storage in the Midwestern region of the United States. The MRCSP Michigan Basin Large-Scale Injection Project is part of a larger national carbon storage research program headed by the United States Department of Energy. Since 2013, MRCSP has successfully injected and monitored the net storage of more than 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide with the total injection goal of one million metric tons into depleted oil and gas fields over approximately four years. The sites and the data are being used to characterize the geology, model the structure and reservoir behavior, and monitor pressure and CO2 migration – all critical for proving commercial scale CO2 storage, containment, and capacity. Large-scale injection projects like the Michigan Basin test are needed to reduce the uncertainty with geological storage, demonstrate technical and economic feasibility, and increase public acceptability. A variety of approaches are being implemented to collect and analyze data on monitoring, injectivity, capacity and safety.

In addition to the large-scale test, MRCSP research team is also evaluating carbon dioxide storage potential in the Appalachian Basin and other areas of the Midwest through regional mapping and exploratory site characterization in collaboration with the oil and gas industry. One important outcome is the identification of ‘fairways’ within the area where porosity and permeability appear to have been preserved in the carbonates of the Lower Ordovician-Upper Cambrian section. This presentation will provide an overview of the key findings of the MRCSP program and how this information may be applied to future commercial storage sites.

MRCSP is supported by U.S. Department of Energy-National Energy Technology Laboratory Agreement No. DE-FC26-0NT42589 with co-funding provided by the Ohio Development Services Agency (for regional research in Ohio), Core Energy, LLC, and several other partners.

Bio: Dr. Gupta provides technical integration and program development leadership for the Battelle’s carbon management and subsurface exploration work. Dr. Gupta joined Battelle in 1993 and is currently a Senior Research Leader, the senior-most technical position at Battelle. Dr. Gupta has been involved in CO2 storage technology development since mid-1990s has conducted numerous US and international projects for DOE and industry. He has been Battelle’s technical or project lead for several major projects, including CO2 storage work at the Mountaineer plant. As the Principal Investigator and Project Manager for Midwestern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (www.MRCSP.org), Dr. Gupta oversees a consortium for regional assessment of field projects for CO2 storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), including an ongoing large-scale CO2-EOR/utilization test in Michigan. His subsurface resources work includes enhanced oil recovery, brine disposal, geologic characterization; regional hydrogeology; reservoir simulations; geochemical modeling and experiments; seismic assessments; costing, and regulatory aspects. He has co-authored more than 150 reports, papers, and conference presentations. Dr. Gupta’s prior work on environmental technology includes fate and transport of contaminants, evaluation of remediation technologies, and risk assessment projects for the Air Force, Navy, EPA, DOE, and many private and international clients.

Dr. Gupta earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geology from Panjab University, India, Master’s degree in Geochemistry, George Washington University, and a Doctoral degree in Geological Sciences with emphasis on Hydrogeology from The Ohio State University.