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Real time 3D observations of Portland Cement Carbonation at CO2 storage conditions

Real time 3D observations of Portland Cement Carbonation at CO2 storage conditions

Category
Journal publication
Abstract
Depleted oil reservoirs are considered a viable solution to the global challenge of CO2 storage. A key concern is whether the wells can be suitably sealed with cement to hinder the escape of CO2. Under reservoir conditions, CO2 is in its supercritical state, and the high pressures and temperatures involved make real-time microscopic observations of cement degradation experimentally challenging. Here, we present an in situ 3D dynamic X-ray micro computed tomography (μ-CT) study of well cement carbonation at realistic reservoir stress, pore-pressure, and temperature conditions. The high-resolution time-lapse 3D images allow monitoring the progress of reaction fronts in Portland cement, including density changes, sample deformation, and mineral precipitation and dissolution. By switching between flow and nonflow conditions of CO2-saturated water through cement, we were able to delineate regimes dominated by calcium carbonate precipitation and dissolution. For the first time, we demonstrate experimentally the impact of the flow history on CO2 leakage risk for cement plugging. In-situ μ-CT experiments combined with geochemical modeling provide unique insight into the interactions between CO2 and cement, potentially helping in assessing the risks of CO2 storage in geological reservoirs.
Client
  • Norges forskningsråd / 275182
  • Norges forskningsråd / 262644
  • Norges forskningsråd / 267775
  • Norges forskningsråd / 243765
Language
English
Author(s)
  • Chavez Panduro Elvia Anabela
  • Cordonnier Benoit
  • Gawel Kamila
  • Børve Ingrid
  • Iyer Jaisree
  • Carroll Susan
  • Michels Brito Miranda Leander Edward
  • Rogowska Melania
  • McBeck Jessica Ann
  • Sørensen Henning Osholm
  • Walsh Stuart D.C.
  • Renard Francois
  • Gibaud Alain
  • Torsæter Malin
  • Breiby Dag Werner
Affiliation
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Gassteknologi
  • University of Oslo
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • SINTEF Industry / Petroleum
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Oslo
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Monash University
  • Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Université Nantes Angers Le Mans
  • University of South-Eastern Norway
Year
2020
Published in
Environmental Science and Technology
ISSN
0013-936X
Publisher
ACS Publications
Volume
54
Booklet
13
Page(s)
8323 - 8332