CCS is a fast-growing industry that is poised to make an important contribution to global climate action. Different carbon-intense sectors such as process industry and waste management are increasingly looking to transport captured CO2 emissions to the North Sea for disposal in offshore underground aquifers. The Northern Lights project on the Horda Platform offshore Norway has a central role in northern Europe's decarbonization efforts. However, the confirmed capacity of the first storage site Aurora is limited, and many more sites will need to be developed in the region to meet the growing demand for CO2 storage. Operators are facing new challenges in developing a portfolio of storage sites that are intricately interconnected, both above ground through a common distribution network and below ground through regional aquifers. New risks emerge such as loss of storage capacity and knock-on effects of declining hydrocarbon production in the region. Operators need to plan strategies for how to best utilize the abundant storage resources on the Horda platform in the face of significant underground and techno-economic uncertainty. ExpReCCS supports these efforts through needed advancements in digital technology to tackle the interconnectedness of multiple storage sites over a wide region, meeting operators needs for efficient simulation tools with good predictive capacity. The project targets a set of open-access simulation tools that operators can use to assess the regional impacts of portfolio-based storage.
ExpReCCS targets needed improvements in digital technology to address the broad challenges of multi-site CO2 injection. Developments in digital workflows will support risk reduction activities for operators in site identification, capacity estimation, regional deployment scenarios, and large-scale pressure management strategies. Project results will be used to understand how to optimally develop the Horda Platform into a portfolio of interconnected storage reservoirs. WP1 will focus an open-access simulation concept that will provide a fast and reliable approach to coupling regional and site-scale simulations. WP2 will provide better decision support to operators by integrating models for socioeconomic uncertainty with regional storage simulation. WP3 will apply the new simulation tools to provide insight into optimal strategies for portfolio development and management on the Horda Platform. WP 4 will engage with user partners to gain the industrial experience and data needed to ensure the developed tools can be applied in a realistic setting. The ExpReCCS consortium will apply expertise in reservoir simulation, applied mathematics, geosciences and petrophysics to close gaps in regional storage assessment under uncertainty. ExpReCCS will educate a PhD student as part of an overall goal of increasing national competence in CCS. The project is committed to open and accessible science and will engage stakeholders to increase uptake of results beyond the project.
CLIMIT-Forskning, utvikling og demo av CO2-håndtering