Weyburn Phase 1

Research in the first phase of the IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project (2000 - 2004) was organized into four areas:

  1. Geological Characterization of the Geosphere and Biosphere
  2. Prediction, Monitoring and Verification of CO2 Movements
  3. CO2 Storage Capacity and Distribution Predictions and the Application of Economic Limits
  4. Long Term Risk Assessment of the Storage Site

The findings of the first phase or research were published in 2004 as a special Proceedings from the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D Progamme’s7th Greenhouse Gas Technologies Conference in Vancouver (GHGT-7).  You can view that document and its full findings by clicking:

Weyburn-Midale Phase 2

The second phase o f the project (2005 - 2012) continued to utilize scientific experts from every corner of the globe to further develop and build the most scrutinized CO2 geological storage data set in the world.  A copy of the Best Practices Manual is available for purchase by clicking on the book cover below.

Through an integrated approach between technical and non-technical research, the end deliverable of Phase 2 of the project is a Best Practices Manual (published in 2012) to provide guidance on validating the safe storage of CO2.  Areas of focus in the Phase 2 have included:

Technical Components:

  • Site Characterization
  • Monitoring and Verification
  • Wellbore Integrity
  • Risk and Performance Assessment

Policy Components

  • Regulatory Issues
  • Public Communication and Outreach

Research throughout the life of the project has been provided by more than 30 independent universities, research councils, private laboratories, geological surveys and agencies (both governmental and private sector).

Alberta Innovates (formerly Alberta Research Council)
Bluewave Resources
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres France (BRGM)
Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)
Canadian Light Source
Carleton University
Colorado School of Mines
Furgo Seismic Imaging
Geological Survey of Canada
Geological Survey of Demark and Greenland (GEUS)
Hampson Russell Veritas
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
J.D. Mollard and Associates Ltd.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (USDOE) – LBNL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (USDOE) – LLNL
Monitor Scientific Corporation International (MSCI)
North Dakota Geological Survey
Permedia Group
Quintessa Ltd.
Rakhit Petroleum Consulting, Ltd.
Saskatchewan Geological Survey
Saskatchewan Research Council
Schlumberger – Doll Research
T.L. Watson and Associates
University of Alberta
University of Bristol – United Kingdom
University of Calgary
University of California Irvine
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan
URS Canada Inc.


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