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New IBDP Circular Available!
Circular 583. A Depositional and Diagenetic Characterization of the Mt. Simon Sandstone at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project Carbon Capture and Storage Site, Decatur, Illinois, USA
Jared T. Freiburg, David G. Morse, Hannes E. Leetaru, Riley P. Hoss, and Qina Yan 2014.
59 pp. and 3 digital appendices. $15.00

The Illinois Basin - Decatur Project (IBDP) is a 1 million metric ton carbon capture and storage demonstration project located in Macon County, Illinois. Led by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, the IBDP began injecting carbon dioxide into the Mt. Simon Sandstone in November 2011. As part of the IBDP, extensive core was taken through the Mt. Simon and into the Precambrian Basement. This is the first and most complete core to be taken at this depth in the Illinois Basin and to be described in extensive geologic detail. According to geophysical well logs and core taken at the IBDP site, the Mt. Simon Sandstone is divided into three major lithostratigraphic sections: the Lower, Middle, and Upper. A pre-Mt. Simon interval unconformably underlies the Mt. Simon and overlies the Precambrian Basement. Depositional and diagenetic interpretations are made and discussed in relation to reservoir quality.

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Dwight Peters of Schlumberger presents at conference.

2014 Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference
The MGSC, and Schlumberger Carbon Services hosted the fourth Midwest Carbon Sequestration Science Conference in Champaign, IL on November 5-6, 2014, showcasing current research by project partners. The conference began with a visit to the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project well site where participants viewed real-time well data from the RTAC* real-time acquisition and control software system; were taken to the verification well to view on-going monitoring, verification and accounting (MVA) activities; and were taken to the compression and dehydration facilities within the Acher Daniels Midland Company complex. In addition to a field trip to visit the injection site, the conference featured a full day of presentations covering the IBDP 1-million tonne saline reservoir injection demonstration. Copies of presentations from the conference are available for viewing here.

The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) invites you to opportunities for knowledge sharing.
Researchers from the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) presented seventeen presentations at the GHGT Conference, October 5-9, 2014, Austin, TX. This conference, one of the largest international forums for technical discussions of greenhouse gas emissions, has established itself as the principal international conference on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. Presentations focused on IBDP accomplishments but also on knowledge sharing to provide conference attendees with research results, expertise, and data for independent scientific analysis and decision-making. The following presentations were included in the technical program:

  • Screening methodology for regional-scale CO2 EOR and storage using economic criteria, Charles C. Monson, Christopher P. Korose, and Scott M. Frailey (Poster)

  • Strategies for advancing CO2 EOR in the Illinois Basin, James Damico, Charles Monson, Scott Frailey, Yaghoob Lasemi, Nathan Webb, Nathan Grigsby, Fang Yang, and Peter Berger (Poster)

  • Integration of near-surface monitoring information using ArcGIS at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, USA, Christopher P. Korose, Randall A. Locke, Curt S. Blakley, and Carl H. Carman (Poster)

  • Tunable diode laser absorption spectrometers for CO2 wellhead and pipeline leakage monitoring: Experiences from prototype testing at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, USA, Joseph Zimmerman, Randall Locke, Curt Blakley, Michael Frish, Matthew Laderer, and Richard Wainner (Poster)

  • Basin-scale modeling for CO2 sequestration in the basal sandstone reservoir of the Illinois Basin - Improving the geologic model, Edward Mehnert, James Damico, Scott Frailey, Hannes Leetaru, Roland Okwen, B. Storsvedb, and A. Valocchi (Poster)

  • Multivariate statistical evaluation of groundwater compliance data from the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, Abbas Iranmanesh, Randall A. Locke, and Bracken T. Wimmer (Poster)

  • Update on Soil CO2 Flux Monitoring at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, USA, Carl Carman, Randall Locke, and Curt Blakley (Poster)

  • The Application of an Integrated Earth Model in Reservoir Management of a CO2 Plume, Hannes Leetaru, Valerie Smith, Robert Will, Jared Freiburg, and Alan Brown (Poster)

  • Produced water from CO2-EOR in the Illinois Basin, Seyed A. Dastgheib, Chad Knutson, and Yaning Yang (Poster)

  • Effect of geologic depositional environment on CO2 storage efficiency, Roland Okwen, Fang Yang, and Scott Frailey (Oral)

  • Development of a Potassium Carbonate-Based Absorption Process with Crystallization-Enabled High-Pressure Stripping for CO2 Capture: Vapor–Liquid Equilibrium Behavior and CO2 Stripping Performance of Carbonate/Bicarbonate Aqueous Systems, Shihan Zhang, Xinhuai Ye, and Yongqi Lu (Oral)

  • Digital Communications: Status and Potential Applications for CCUS Public Outreach, Sarah Wade, Martha Cather, Lydia Cumming, Dan Daly, Gary Garrett, Sallie Greenberg, Rich Myhre, Marian Stone, and Lindsey Tollefson (Oral)

  • The Evolution and Effect of the Velocity Model on Various Aspects of Surface Seismic Data Analysis, Dianna Shelander, Valerie Smith, Hannes Leetaru, Robert Will, and Marcia Couëslan (Poster)

  • Plume Tracking and History Matching Using Multilevel Pressure Monitoring at the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project, Christin W. Strandlia, Edward Mehnert, Sally M. Benson (Oral)

  • Microseismic monitoring, event occurrence, and the relationship to subsurface geology, Robert Will, Valerie Smith, Hannes E. Leetaru, Jared T. Freiburg, and Donald W. Lee (Oral)

  • Integrated reservoir monitoring at the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project, Marcia L. Couëslan, Robert Butsch, Robert Will, and Randall A. Locke (Oral)

  • Integrating Mechanical Earth Models, Surface Seismic, and Microseismic Field Observations at the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project, Donald W. Lee, Farid Mohamed, Robert Will, Robert Bauer, Dianna Shelander (Poster)

  • From Pilot to Demo Scale – Comparing Ketzin Results with the Illinios Basin - Decatur Project, M. Streibel, R. J. Finley, S. Martens, S. Greenberg, F. Möller, A. Liebscher (Poster)

  • Technology Challenges Realized and Accomplishments Gained: U.S. Department of Energy's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships Large-Scale Projects. Robert Finley participated in this panel discussion.

  • Permitting Storage Sites in the US: Lessons Learned and Paths Forward. Sallie Greenberg participated in this panel discussion.

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IBDP featured in special edition of
Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology is a new online-only scientific journal dedicated to the management of greenhouse gases. The journal focuses on methods for carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as provides insight into strategies to mitigate emissions of other greenhouse gases. A special issue of the publication is dedicated to the IBDP and features papers on reservoir characterization, communication, risk management, compression systems, characterization, and modeling. Special Issue: Illinois Basin – Decatur Project, October 2014, Volume 4, Issue 5, Pages i–ii, 569–684, Issue edited by: Sallie Greenberg. Information available at:

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