Experimental study on the interplay between different brine types/concentrations and CO2 injectivity for effective CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers

Edem, DE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4293-8198, Abba, MK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9333-5277, Nourian, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8998-2300, Babaie, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8480-940X and Naeem, Zainab ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2140-4800 2022, 'Experimental study on the interplay between different brine types/concentrations and CO2 injectivity for effective CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers' , Sustainability, 14 (2) , e986.

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Salt precipitation during CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers can have severe consequences on injectivity during carbon storage. Extensive studies have been carried out on CO2 solubility with individual or mixed salt solutions; however, to the best of authors’ knowledge, there is no substantial study to consider pressure decay rate, as a function of CO2 solubility in brine, and the range of brine concentration for effective CO2 storage. This study presents an experimental core flooding of the Bentheimer sandstone sample under simulated reservoir conditions to examine the effect of four different types of brine at a various range of salt concentration (5 to 25 wt.%) on CO2 storage. Results indicate that porosity and permeability reduction as well as salt precipitation is higher in divalent brines. It is also found that, at 10 to 20 wt.% brine concentrations in both monovalent and divalent brines, substantial volume of CO2 is sequestered which indicates the optimum concentration ranges for storage purposes. Hence, the magnitude of CO2 injectivity impairment depends on both the concentration and type of salt species. The findings from this study are directly relevant to CO2 sequestration in deep saline aquifers as well as screening criteria for carbon storage with enhanced gas and oil recovery processes.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Sustainability
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 07:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:33
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61969

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