Laboratory Feasibility Study for Eventual Field Deployment of a Downhole Source Tomographic Design for Carbon Dioxide Plume Detection


Project Lead: Kevin McCormack (UU)

Industry Partners: Paulsson Inc.

Primary Goal

Develop laboratory experiments to test a new tomography approach to monitor CO2 plumes

Impact on Carbon Storage

More detailed understanding of the migration of CO2 plumes

Project Duration

12 months

Anticipated Volume/Year

Approximately 1 MMton/year

Paulson Inc.
Project Description

The University of Utah (UU) is working in collaboration with Paulsson, Inc., a company that provides advanced borehole seismic (ABS) services, to develop laboratory experiments and test a new tomography approach to monitoring CO2 plumes. There are six hypothesized advantages of downhole source tomography (DST): better time-lapse, three-dimensionality, direct waves, higher frequency content that provide greater spatial resolution, frequency swept source and different source locations.