UT gets $38 million for 10-year CO2 test

University of Texas researchers we wrote about previously will get a $38 million grant to inject large quantities of carbon dioxide underground to test the longterm viability of carbon sequestration.

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UT’s Sue Hovorka (and colleague Tip Meckal who isn’t pictured here) get the backing to bury some CO2 for a looooong time.

The Bureau of Economic Geology at UT-Austin will get the funds as part of a 10-year study. Beginning this fall, the project will inject one million tons per year of CO2 into underground brine formations as far as 10,000 feet below the surface near Natchez, Miss.
Monitors will measure the ability of the underground formations to accept and retain the CO2, a greenhouse gas that is emitted by power plants and other industrial sources.
Denbury Resources, a Plano company that owns the land where the test is taking place, will supply the CO2 from its Jackson Dome storage area.

“This is the next step in a series of bureau-led experiments to test much-needed carbon capture and storage technologies,” said Texas State Geologist Scott W. Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology in a statement. “We look forward to working with the DOE, SECARB, Denbury Resources and our many technical partners worldwide to make this a success.”

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