Illinois Basin–Decatur Project Hosts Delegation from China

Illinois Basin–Decatur Project injection well and pipeline, August 2012. Photo by Daniel Byers for the MGSC.

On January 24, 2013, ISGS staff members Sallie Greenberg and Randall Locke hosted a delegation of nine scientists, engineers, and administrators from the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resource and Chemical Engineering and Shaanxi Blower Co., Xi’an, China, and the University of Wyoming, Laramie, at a workshop featuring a site tour and project overview of the Illinois Basin–Decatur Project in Decatur, Illinois. The delegation had an opportunity to participate in a unique knowledge-sharing opportunity created for scientists, project developers, students, and other interested parties. The event included an interactive presentation and demonstration as part of a field site visit to the Illinois Basin–Decatur Project, a collaborative effort by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, Archer Daniels Midland, Schlumberger Carbon Services, and other subcontractors to inject 1 million metric tons of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) into a saline reservoir (Mt. Simon Sandstone) at Decatur, Illinois. The event focused on providing attendees with a clear understanding of all aspects of a working carbon capture and sequestration site, including capture, compression and dehydration, monitoring, verification and accounting, well construction, data gathering and management, project development and best practices, and project management.

Above: Illinois Basin–Decatur Project injection well and pipeline, August 2012. Photo by Daniel Byers for the MGSC.