The In Situ Lab is a first-of-its-kind research facility developed by CSIRO Energy at the South West Hub in Western Australia which aims to characterise CO2 migration in fault zones and the shallow groundwater environment. In February this year the In-Situ Lab project in South West Australia released ~38 t(CO2) into a major fault zone at ~350 m below ground surface. This first phase of the project, which closed at the end of April, was both a proof of concept and a research activity. There is, in place, a 400 m deep injector well, a heavily-instrumented monitoring well, and a shallow groundwater well. The journey to this stage provided various challenges with respect to project planning, regulations, procurement, well drilling & completion, and the technical aspects around converting a stratigraphic well to an injector well. That is all in addition to the challenges of conducting the injection field experiment and associated monitoring activities.
In this seminar, Project Lead Karsten Michael and Project Manager Arsham Avijegon from CSIRO Energy will give an overview of the site, activities, and next steps, and will engage in open discussion around the lessons learned and ambitions and opportunities for the future.
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