A new online tool mapping out potential sites for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been launched by The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey.
The upgrade to the ‘CO2 Stored’ website will give easier access to information about the capacity and characteristics of possible storage locations under the UK’s seabed. Users will be able to sort results according to geological formation, the name of the oil or gas production area and key attributes like porosity, injectivity and fracture pressure.
The new tool draws upon a database created for the £4 million CO2 Storage Appraisal Project (UKSAP) and is part of a larger five-year programme to provide definitive access to data for those interested in storing CO2. The UK is thought to have one of the largest capacities for CO2 storage in Europe.
Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of CCS at the University of Edinburgh said: “The new feature on CO2 Stored is a great step forward in making knowledge about UK geology deep beneath the North Sea available for investigating options for commercialising CO2 storage. All companies with subsurface expertise can now more easily access evidence-based knowledge which can make their evaluation of CO2 storage quicker and more accurate.”
In July a team of American scientists announced they had found a more efficient way of ‘scrubbing’ CO2 from power plant emissions.