An assessment of geologic sequestration potential in the panhandle of Florida USA
One alternative to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions is to store the emissions in underground geologic sequestration repositories. The efficacy of this approach has been favorably evaluated by numerous authors over the last 15 years. This paper discusses an assessment of the overall feasibility of storing emissions in three different repositories in the Florida panhandle located in the Southeastern United States. The feasibility assessment evaluates both saline aquifers and oil reservoirs located in the panhandle region. The overall feasibility is driven by the available geologic sequestration capacity, the transportation cost to deliver emissions to a respective repository, and other engineering and regulatory issues. The geologic sequestration capacity is generally controlled by the so-called storage efficiency, a variable dependent on the site-specific geology, reservoir conditions, and the injected fluid characteristics. For this paper, storage efficiency for saline repositories was assessed in more detail using numerical modeling. Based on the work completed, the 3 repositories studied have at least 4.55 gigatonnes of capacity to sequester CO2.
Environmental Earth Sciences
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Brown, Poiencot, B. K., Hudyma, N., Albright, B., & Esposito, R. A. (2013). An assessment of geologic sequestration potential in the panhandle of Florida USA. Environmental Earth Sciences, 71(2), 793–806. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12665-013-2481-1