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Phase 2 of PaleoScan seismic interpretation consortium. Scottish CCS study kicks-off.

Eliis’ PaleoScan consortium has been extended for a year after the initial two year phase. Current members GDF-Suez, BG Group, Wintershall, ENI and Maersk remain on board. The 2011 work program targets optimization of the geomodel engine for larger seismic volumes and faster processing. New tools are to be developed to constrain models within horizons and faults boundaries for ‘seismic to reservoir’ characterization. More from

The Scottish carbon capture and storage consortium issued its report this month. The study investigates the potential of CCS in the deep saline aquifers of depleted North Sea oil and gas fields, augmenting an earlier 2009 study with a detailed quantitative analysis of the storage potential of the sandstone of the Captain field in the Moray Firth. Schlumberger’s Petrel was used to build the geological model with CCS simulation performed using the Eclipse 300 CO2Store module. Modeling allowed CO2 migration to be tracked out to 5,000 years in the future. However, the modeling also showed that injection rates may only be sustainable for a few decades before pressure build up significantly restricts capacity. Total capacity of the Captain sandstone is around 1.5 billion tones or roughly 3 trillion kWh. Download the free 72 page report from

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