Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 8, pp 3661–3673 | Cite as

Optimal use of a dome-shaped anticline structure for CO2 storage: a case study in the North German sedimentary basin

  • Addisalem B. MitikuEmail author
  • S. Bauer
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Structural traps like anticline structures are preferred for carbon dioxide sequestration as they limit lateral spreading of CO2 and thus provide localized storage. This study, therefore, assesses strategies for maximizing storage of CO2 using as hypothetical but realistic storage site a typical anticline structure in the North German sedimentary basin. Scenario simulations are performed to investigate the effects of well number, location, spacing and alignment, using fracture pressure and containment of CO2 within the anticline as constraining factors. Scenarios are ranked by stored CO2 mass, pressure increase due to injection and CO2 immobilized by dissolution or residual trapping. It is found that pressure overlap from different injectors influences CO2 migration considerably, limiting the storable amount to about 150 Mt, which represents half of the static capacity estimate.


CO2 sequestration Reservoir capacity Injection strategies Horizontal and vertical wells North German sedimentary basin 



This study was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, E.ON Energie AG, E.ON Gas Storage AG, RWE Dea AG, Vattenfall Europe Technology Research GmbH, Wintershall Holding GmbH and Stadtwerke Kiel AG as part of the CO2-MoPa joint project in the framework of the Special Programme GEOTECHNOLOGIEN. We would like to thank all project partners for their due collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geosciences, GeohydromodellingChristian Albrechts University of KielKielGermany

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