Geochemical investigation and quantification of potential CO₂ storage within the Arbuckle aquifer, Kansas

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dc.contributor.author Campbell, Brent D.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T18:56:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T18:56:57Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19086
dc.description.abstract With the ever-rising atmospheric concentrations of CO₂ there arises a need to either reduce emissions or develop technology to store or utilize the gas. Geologic carbon storage is a potential solution to this global problem. This work is a part of the U.S. Department of Energy small-scale pilot studies investigating different areas for carbon storage within North America, with Kansas being one of them. This project is investigating the feasibility for CO₂ storage within the hyper-saline Arbuckle aquifer in Kansas. The study incorporates the investigation of three wells that have been drilled to basement; one well used as a western calibration study (Cutter), and the other two as injection and monitoring wells (Wellington 1-28 and 1-32). Future injection will occur at the Wellington field within the Arbuckle aquifer at a depth of 4,900-5,050 ft. This current research transects the need to understand the lateral connectivity of the aquifers, with Cutter being the focus of this study. Three zones are of interest: the Mississippian pay zone, a potential baffle zone, and the Arbuckle injection zone. Cored rock analyses and analyzed formation water chemistry determined that at Wellington there exists a zone that separated the vertical hydrologic flow units within the Arbuckle. This potential low porosity baffle zone within the Arbuckle could help impede the vertical migration of the buoyant CO₂ gas after injection. Geochemical analysis from formation water within Cutter indicates no vertical separation of the hydrologic units and instead shows a well-mixed zone. The lateral distance between Cutter and Wellington is approximately 217 miles. A well-mixed zone would allow the CO₂ plume to migrate vertically and potentially into potable water sources. Formation brine from Cutter was co-injected with supercritical CO₂ into a cored rock from within the Arbuckle (7,098 ft.). Results show that the injected CO₂ preferentially preferred a flow pathway between the chert nodules and dolomite. Post reaction formation chemistry of the brine showed the greatest reactivity occurring with redox sensitive species. Reactivity of these species could indicate that they will only be reactive on the CO₂ plumes front, and show little to no reactivity within the plume. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Carbon storage en_US
dc.subject Arbuckle aquifer en_US
dc.subject Geochemistry en_US
dc.subject Hydraulic connectivity en_US
dc.subject Core flooding experiments en_US
dc.title Geochemical investigation and quantification of potential CO₂ storage within the Arbuckle aquifer, Kansas en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Geology en_US
dc.description.advisor Saugata Datta en_US
dc.subject.umi Geochemistry (0996) en_US
dc.subject.umi Geology (0372) en_US
dc.subject.umi Hydrologic Sciences (0388) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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