First U.S. carbon storage project hits 1 megaton

A carbon storage project in Mississippi has become the first U.S. project to store more than 1 million tons of CO2 underground.
Why does this milestone matter? Because most coal-fired plants produce many millions of tons per year (i.e. the W.A. Parish plant south of Houston produces about 21 million tons per year). So for the underground storage of CO2 to be considered a real tool to fight climate change industry needs to be able to handle a whole lot of it.

The Bureau of Economic Geology Cranfield site in Mississippi.

The Department of Energy item above fails to mention who the players are in the project, however, such as the fact its on a formation owned by Denbury Resources and that the University of Texas’ Bureau of Economicy Geology is doing a much of the work. Here’s their very detailed site on the project, and a Denbury video on sequestration. The company’s Green Pipeline project, which essentially build a CO2 superhighway right by many Houston refineries, got a shout-out in the New York Times this past weekend.
We visited with the BEG folks a few years ago on a carbon sequestration project near Mont Belvieu that was testing out some of the equipment and ideas at work in this project but at a smaller scale.
Whether underground storage of CO2 will be a real solution is still under debate, however.
The four other CO2 storage projects that have hit the big time are:

• Sleipner and Snøhvit (Norway)–CO2 stripped from recovered natural gas is injected into separate saline formations below the seabed in the North Sea (Sleipner) and Barents Sea (Snøhvit).

• Weyburn-Midale (Canada)–CO2 from the Dakota Gasification Company in Beulah, N.D., is piped to southeastern Saskatchewan, where it is injected and stored in conjunction with commercial enhanced oil recovery.

• In Salah (Algeria)–CO2 from recovered natural gas is re-injected into the downdip portion of the sandstone reservoir that produces the natural gas.