Kansas – Partner State
For two decades, the Kansas Geological Survey has been investigating the state’s subsurface geology and industrial infrastructure to determine the safety and viability of injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources into underground rock formations for long-term storage and to recover hard-to-reach oil. As part of an initiative to share data and advance research on the process, the KGS is now partnering with 15 other state and federal entities from throughout the central and western United States.
Over the past 10 years, the KGS has led or played a key role in five large-scale CCUS projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Working with private partners, the KGS has successfully injected CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Wellington Field in Sumner County south of Wichita and the Hall-Gurney Field in Russell County. During previous and ongoing projects, the KGS has amassed large quantities of seismic data, drilling data, rock cuttings and drill cores – cylindrical segments of rock brought up intact from thousands of feet underground.
The KGS team is participating in all five CUSP focus areas: policy and law, data management, data analysis, economics and outreach.
Currently, the KGS team is selecting database architecture to create an interactive, open-access dataset that will include subsurface, infrastructure, industrial and other data. It will include information from all CUSP member states, and possibly beyond, that will be very useful for CCUS projects, the oil and gas industry, regulators and other stakeholders.
The KGS is helping well operators prepare sites to qualify for 45Q credits and apply for UIC Class VI permits and we are working with developers to screen geologic sites for potential commercial projects.
The KGS also is working with the Los Alamos National Laboratories and other CUSP members on methods to analyze data that will provide a better understanding of local and regional infrastructure development potential, infrastructure costs and ways to optimize future project development.
Kansas Geological Survey