Carbon Sequestration Project

Reactive, Multi-phase Behavior of CO2 in Saline Aquifers beneath the Colorado Plateau

Major occurrences of known gas fields having high concentrations of CO2. Red dots are the point sources of CO2 emissions from power plants with dots sized according to the amount of annual CO2 emissions (in million metric tons).

Background: DOE Carbon Sequestration Research Initiatives

Proposal Abstract

Project Overview

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) funded a project titled “Reactive, Multi-phase Behavior of CO2 in Saline Aquifers beneath the Colorado Plateau” for a three-year period beginning August 13, 2000.

This project involves three research organizations: the Utah Geological Survey (UGS), the Energy and Geoscience Institute at the University of Utah (EGI), and Industrial Research Limited from New Zealand (IRL). The Principal Investigators are Rick Allis (UGS), Joe Moore (EGI) and Stephen White (IRL).

In addition to the funding from NETL, more funding is being contributed by the UGS and the Utah Energy Office. Total funding for this project is $428,000.


For more information contact Rick Allis, 801-537-3301; email or Joe Moore, 801-585-6931; email