A benchmark study on problems related to CO2 storage in geologic formations

Summary and discussion of the results

Abstract

This paper summarises the results of a benchmark study that compares a number of mathematical and numerical models applied to specific problems in the context of carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in geologic formations. The processes modelled comprise advective multi-phase flow, compositional effects due to dissolution of CO2 into the ambient brine and non-isothermal effects due to temperature gradients and the Joule–Thompson effect. The problems deal with leakage through a leaky well, methane recovery enhanced by CO2 injection and a reservoir-scale injection scenario into a heterogeneous formation. We give a description of the benchmark problems then briefly introduce the participating codes and finally present and discuss the results of the benchmark study.

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Class, H., Ebigbo, A., Helmig, R. et al. A benchmark study on problems related to CO2 storage in geologic formations. Comput Geosci 13, 409 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10596-009-9146-x

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  • Code comparison
  • CO2 storage