Sequestration Field Test Begins in West Virginia
Yesterday, DOE began a “first-of-a-kind field trial” for injecting carbon dioxide in West Virginia. The field trial features enhanced coalbed methane recovery (ECBM) with simultaneous CO2 sequestration in an unmineable coal seam. The trial is being run by CONSOL Energy, West Virginia University and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Researchers plan to “inject CO2 at a pressure of up to 700 pounds per square inch and a rate of about 27 short tons per day over the next 2 years.” On top of the injection activities, a number of monitoring activities will take place during the injection process and for two years after it has been completed.