By Informatics @ EGI in News
January 18th, 2021
A 9,745 ft deep stratigraphic test well for the EGI Carbon Management Group’s Department of Energy-sponsored study “Improving Production in the Emerging Paradox Oil Play” has been successfully drilled, cored and logged by the project partner, Zephyr Energy. Over 100 feet of core was collected from the Cane Creek interval, with additional sidewall cores sampled from the higher clastic zones of the Paradox Formation. The core and petrophysical logs will be evaluated over the first half of 2021 to better characterize and understand the geology, petroleum system, and geomechanics of the Cane Creek and greater Paradox Formation.
Last fall, the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) joined EGI in partnering on a project led by New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) and funded by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The goal of the collaborative partnership is to advance carbon capture and storage projects in the Western US. UGS announced its participation in the partnership in October 2020 and joins EGI and 15 other state and federal entities in forming the Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership, or CUSP. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded CUSP $5 million for the project, with the UGS receiving $140,000 as a subrecipient to EGI. EGI’s Carbon Management Group’s received about $350,000 for two years.
For two decades, the UGS has been investigating the state’s subsurface geology and industrial infrastructure to determine the safety and viability of injecting carbon dioxide into underground rock formations. EGI has been a scientific leader in carbon management, hydrocarbons, and applied geothermal research for almost 50 years. As part of this new initiative to share data and advance research, EGI and UGS will play an important role in CUSP, especially as it relates to Utah.
CUSP is led by the Petroleum Recovery Research Center at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Additional partners are the Energy & Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah (EGI), Utah Geological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, Arizona Geological Survey, Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, Desert Research Institute of Nevada, Montana State University, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Washington Geological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Indiana University, and the Pacific Northwest, Sandia, and Los Alamos National Laboratories.