Otway Stage 3 Project: Next generation CCUS monitoring
CO2 storage projects require monitoring and verification (M&V) to understand behaviour of the CO₂ plume and provide assurance of storage complex integrity.
CO2CRC’s Otway Stage 3 M&V Project will develop and commercialise next generation subsurface M&V technologies.
These technologies, explained in the video below provide on-demand, permanent monitoring solutions, enabling continuous plume data acquisition, transmission and analysis. They are expected to drive down costs by up to 75% while also decreasing environmental footprint of traditional monitoring techniques.
The proposed M&V techniques will provide regulators and communities with ongoing confidence that CO2 injected deep underground is permanently stored within the bounds of the storage formation in large scale CCUS projects.
Learn more about Stage 3 in Stage 3 technical details
Benefits to industry
The Otway Stage 3 project will benefit oil, gas, fossil-fuel based power generation and other industrial processes. These subsurface monitoring solutions can remove the need for on-going repeat surface seismic acquisition – significantly reducing operational costs and improving the economics of a CCUS project.
Other benefits include:
- Continuous, on demand monitoring of plume shape and pressure
- Moving monitoring technologies underground minimises interface with the environment and other industries such as farming, fishing, shipping, O&G operations and the community
- A lower detection threshold of CO2` volume reduces the risk and cost of developing a CCS project
- Enhancing a research facility that offers an accessible and fully instrumented international test centre for benchmarking M&V tools, testing CO2 storage processes and management techniques.