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DOE Awards $61mln to Coalition Studying Greenhouse Gas Storage

Wednesday,May 7,2008
Source: AP

Article Type: Cited

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $61 million to fund the third phase of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) storage project led by Battelle.

In addition to the DOE funding, MRCSP members will contribute nearly $32 million as cost share for the Phase III project, bringing the total value to just under $93 million.

The Ohio Coal Development Office, which operates within the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, is the largest funding contributor to MRCSP other than the DOE.

The new research will be implemented over a 10-year period and builds on the previous two phases that started in 2003.

A focal point of the Phase III project is to demonstrate permanent storage of carbon dioxide in deep geologic formations at a scale much larger than the MRCSP field validation tests underway across the region as part of the current Phase II effort.

The project intends to inject approximately one million tons of CO2 over a four-year period. The CO2 will be obtained from an ethanol production facility located in Greenville, Ohio that is owned by The Andersons Marathon Ethanol, a joint venture between The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum Company.

The CO2 would be injected into the Mount Simon Sandstone, which is more than 3,000 feet beneath the surface in the area around the injection site. The Mount Simon Sandstone stretches across much of the Midwest region and has the potential to store more than 100 years of CO2 emissions from major point sources in the region.

The purpose of the project is to validate that the injection and storage of CO2 can be done safely, permanently, and economically.

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