Industrial Clusters: Evaluating CO² Underground in Bunter closures (ICECUBE)

This project will deliver a reservoir model of a key UK CO² storage complex: the Bunter Sandstone of the Southern North Sea. This saline aquifer is the primary storage unit targeted by two ongoing CCUS feasibility studies (OGCI’s Net Zero Teesside and Equinor’s Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Deployment projects) and as such has a high likelihood of forming the storage reservoir for one of the UK’s first CCUS operations. The reservoir model will provide a testbed for optimizing different CCUS operations targeting the aquifer, leading to a reduction in cost and risk to operators. Important geological information will be delivered to a wide range of industrial and academic research projects to further the collective understanding of this important storage reservoir. The Bunter Sandstone is already the focus of several academic studies, but interest in the aquifer system is expected to grow as the industrial feasibility studies progress. The detailed geological framework developed as part of this project will enable researchers to investigate increasingly complex physical and chemical interactions and processes critical to the operation of these CCUS projects.

Principal Investigator: Jonathan Pearce, British Geological Survey

Project CollaboratorsThe industrial clusters seeking to develop offshore storage in the UK are expected to be key stakeholders.

Tags: Carbon storage; CCS; Industry decarbonisation; Hydrogen; CO2; Energy transition; CCUS; Teesside Cluster; England; Humber Cluster; Energy; Food & Drink; Refining; Chemicals; Reservoir modelling; Geomechanics