Field Research Station
At our Field Research Station (FRS), we demonstrate and test measurement and monitoring technologies to make underground containment operations more cost-effective and competitive. Our experts work with innovators and industry end-users evaluate technologies for tracking hydrocarbons, including CO2 used in storage and enhanced oil recovery operations.
As part of the research and development program, we maintain a plume of CO2 at a depth of 300 metres in water filled sandstones within Upper Cretaceous clastic reservoir formations, with overlying shales or mixed sand/shale sequences forming the cap rocks. Clients using the site refine and calibrate geophysical, geochemical, geomechanical and geodetic technologies.
Researchers are also working on near-surface hydrogeological studies to better understand shallow groundwater systems, near-surface subsurface fluid flow, and to establish the fate of both CO2 and CH4 in an aquifer below ~225 m depth.
Applications at the site go beyond the secure storage of carbon and include:
- Steam chamber containment and effectiveness
- Tertiary/Enhanced petroleum recovery
- Characterization of hydraulic or natural fractures
- Groundwater protection
- New or legacy well construction/abandonment issues and fugitive emissions
- Acid gas or other fluid disposal
- Induce seismicity risk analysis and mitigation
For detailed technical information on the geology and infrastructure at the site, see the PDF below.
Join the team! The Containment and Monitoring Institute offers a subscription program for clients who want to be part of a broader program of research conducted at the field research station. Subscribers have the opportunity to prioritize and bring forward new research directions and provide guidance on the overall research program. They also have first access to research results.
For more information:
Dr. Don Lawton
t: 403 210-6671