3D mapping of large-scale subsurface flow pathways using nanoseismic monitoring

The project will three-dimensionally image hydraulically conductive features in the reservoir, caprock and overburden of an active CO2 injection site: the Aquistore site, Canada. Our research will provide important information on potential migration pathways within the storage complex to inform future monitoring strategies at the Aquistore site and at future storage sites. We will monitor micro-seismic events prior to, and during, CO2 injection using a three-component nanoseismic surface monitoring array which will complement data collected by the existing geophone network at the site. This analysis can be used to provide deep focussed monitoring information on permeability enhancement near the injection point. As injection continues it will also enable imaging of any flowing features within the caprock.

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UKCCSRC
Grant number: 
UKCCSRC-C1-19
Project fund amount: 
£74,000
Project date: 
Oct 2013 to Oct 2015
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