Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 73, Issue 8, pp 4373–4384 | Cite as

Anomalous fluid properties of carbon dioxide in the supercritical region: application to geological CO2 storage and related hazards

  • A. R. Imre
  • C. Ramboz
  • U. K. Deiters
  • T. Kraska
Original Article


For supercritical fluids there is a wedge-shaped region called Widom region, where several physico-chemical quantities (e.g. compressibility, heat capacities, density, thermal expansivity, speed of sound) show anomalous behaviour. In this paper, several Widom lines of supercritical CO2 have been computed with the Wagner–Span reference equation of state. The locations of the Widom lines are compared with the PT range of the Snøhvit, Sleipner, Nagaoka and Ketzin reservoirs, which are recently studied for their fitness for CO2 sequestration, and two natural CO2 storage analogues, Montmiral in France and Mihályi-Répcelak in Hungary. The potential consequences of leaking CO2 crossing any of the Widom lines are discussed.


Carbon sequestration CCS Widom line 



A. R. Imre gratefully acknowledges an “Albert’s reunion Grant” from the University of Cologne and an invitation as a guest professor at the University of Orléans for 2 months. This work could not have been completed without the support of these two Universities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Imre
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • C. Ramboz
    • 2
    • 4
    • 5
  • U. K. Deiters
    • 3
  • T. Kraska
    • 3
  1. 1.Thermohydraulics Department, MTA Centre for Energy ResearchBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Université d’Orleans, ISTO, UMR 7327OrléansFrance
  3. 3.University Cologne, Institute of Physical ChemistryCologneGermany
  4. 4.CNRS, ISTO, UMR 7327OrléansFrance
  5. 5.BRGM, ISTO, UMR 7327OrléansFrance

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