Marking a Milestone and Looking Forward

Discussing energy options for the future

On March 20, the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) joined with its partners and others, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), to celebrate the successful injection of 750,000 tonnes of CO2. “The Illinois Basin-Decatur Project shows how carbon capture and storage can play an important role in the development of sustainable energy options for our future,” Durbin said. “The project also demonstrates the potential gains to be realized from close partnerships between universities, the private sector, and all levels of government. I congratulate the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, Archer Daniels Midland Company, and all their partners on their significant progress on this project and urge others to follow their lead.”

The celebration was hosted by the MGSC and its partners, which include the Archer Daniels Midland Company, Schlumberger Carbon Services, the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Prairie Research Institute’s State Geological Survey, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. The event was held at the National Sequestration Education Center (NSEC) at Richland Community College, Decatur, IL. The NSEC, which focuses on education and training around the science of sequestration, is supported by Richland and the project partners.