The CO2 storage data consortium is an international network aiming to make available datasets on site geology as well as geophysical monitoring data, well data, reservoir data and models.The new consortium-driven project, CO2 Data Share, aims to build and operate an international platform for CO2 storage data exchange.
The CO2DataShare digital portal is now open for public access. The first datasets available for downloading are the Sleipner 2019 Benchmark Model and Sleipner 4D seismic data up to 2010. Information about the datasets is presented at the portal. Early 2021 data from proposed CO2 storage sites in the Smeaheia region will be released.
CO2 Data Share will
- promote research and technology development based on experience gained from demonstration projects and thus accelerate the deployment of CCS
- establish a web-based, digital infrastructure as well as community activities
- Make it easy to find, access and use well-documented datasets from pioneering CO2 storage projects relevant for addressing technology gaps and reducing uncertainty
- Stimulate sharing of results from research using the datasets
- Promote networking and research collaborations
Advance research and capacity building within CCS
Access to reference CO2 storage datasets and learnings from using the datasets will advance research and capacity building within CCS. Dataset access benefits the research community, industry, and public CCS stakeholders. Quality assured data is also crucial for developing and validating commercial models, technology and tools for safe and cost-efficient CO2 storage.
CO2 Data Share aims to develop datasets that have similar characteristics enabling comparison across projects as well as a specific infrastructure for sharing CO2 storage datasets from industry projects, pilots and field tests.
The first proposed datasets available through the platform will focus on existing projects where site data is being used for advancing the knowledge and technology essential for operating and monitoring CO2 storage sites. These datasets are likely to include:
- Injection well datasets (e.g. Sleipner, Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP))
- CO2 flow modelling datasets (e.g. Sleipner),
- Geomechanical response datasets (e.g. In Salah, IBDP).
In addition, the CO2 DataShare expects to share data gathered as part of new and emerging storage projects, such as the planned Norwegian full-scale CCS project.
Ambition to expand
The idea for CO2 Data Share emerged in 2015 between US-Norway researchers. There continues to be an explicit ambition to expand the network with new participants and more countries. Expanding the consortium is a critical objective which includes development of new and relevant datasets and securing the financial basis for operation beyond the awarded three-years project period.
In October 2017, a project to advance data sharing proposed the consortium was awarded 7.15 million NOK in total by the US Department of Energy (USDOE) and the Norwegian Climit programme.