California – Partner State

Efforts related to the State of California are intended to update, augment, refine, and verify data as they relate to geological sinks for carbon dioxide. Data collection and improvement is an important activity because such data is key to subsequent analysis and modeling.  Additionally, participation in a variety of technology transfer efforts that will result from the work completed are planned. 

We are assessing and facilitating access to existing geological data for potential CO2 storage reservoirs within California with an emphasis on EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) as well as depleted oil and gas reservoirs, saline formations, and stacked storage. Based on California assessment results and team goals, efforts will be made to augment or refine existing data to provide expanded characterization of areas of interest. Depleted oil and gas reservoirs are expected to be of particular interest in California. Such assessment efforts of geological data may include increasing accuracy of existing data available through NATCARB (National Carbon Atlas) or CalDOGGR (California Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources), concentrating on issues of importance to California such as induced seismicity, or identifying and collecting new data on previously uncharacterized storage complexes.

We will also assess, verify, and augment existing data on CO2 point source data in California. Work includes verifying volumes, determining source lifespan and identifying likely potential capture methods/costs/efficiencies, as well as adding information on proposed new point sources.

 
Contacts:  
Anthony Kovscek, State Lead
Stanford University
Energy Resources Engineering 050
Stanford, CA 94070
Email
Elliot (Tae Wook) Kim
Stanford University
Energy Resources Engineering 050
Stanford, CA 94070
Email

Links:
Stanford Center for Carbon Storage