The impact of chemical reactions on CO2 storage in geological formations: a brief review
Published:January 01, 2004
C. A. Rochelle, I. Czernichowski-Lauriol, A. E. Milodowski, 2004. "The impact of chemical reactions on CO2 storage in geological formations: a brief review", Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide, Shelagh J. Baines, Richard H. Worden
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The sequestration of CO2 in the deep geosphere is one potential method for reducing anthropogenic emissions to the atmosphere without a drastic change in our energy-producing technologies. Immediately after injection, the CO2 will be stored as a free phase within the host rock. Over time it will dissolve into the local formation water and initiate a variety of geochemical reactions. Some of these reactions could be beneficial, helping to chemically contain or ‘trap’ the CO2 as dissolved species and by the formation of new carbonate minerals; others may be deleterious, and actually aid the migration of CO2. It will be important to understand the overall impact of these competing processes. However, these processes will also be dependent upon the structure, mineralogy and hydrogeology of the specific lithologies concerned and the chemical stability of the engineered features (principally, the cement and steel components in the well completions). Therefore, individual storage operations will have to take account of local geological, fluid chemical and hydrogeological conditions. The aim of this paper is to review some of the possible chemical reactions that might occur once CO2 is injected underground, and to highlight their possible impacts on long-term CO2 storage.
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Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main compound identified as affecting the stability of the Earth’s climate. A significant reduction in the volume of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere is a key mechanism for mitigating climate change. Geological storage of CO2, or the injection and long-term stabilization of large volumes of CO2 in the subsurface in saline aquifers, in existing hydrocarbon reservoirs or in unmineable coal seams, is one of the more technologically advanced options available. A number of studies have been carried out and are reported here. They are aimed at understanding the safety, physical and chemical behaviour and long-term fate of CO2 when stored in geological formations. Until efficient, alternative energy options can be developed, geological storage of CO2, the subject of this volume, provides a mechanism to reduce carbon emissions significantly whilst continuing to meet the global demand for energy.