Multi-lateral horizontal well with dual-tubing system to improve CO2 storage security and reduce CCS cost

Min Kim, Seoyoon Kwon, Minsoo Ji, Hyundon Shin, Baehyun Min

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Abstract

This paper proposes a multi-lateral horizontal well with a dual-tubing (MLHW-DT) system to improve CO2 storage security and reduce the cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a saline aquifer. In CCS, the production and re-injection of brine are efficient methods of relieving overpressure and improving the CO2 storage security simultaneously. In our previous study, a horizontal well with a dual-tubing (HW-DT) system operating on an onshore platform reduced CCS cost. In this study, the proposed MLHW-DT system is designed to implement the concept of the re-injection of produced brine to improve CO2 storage security while supplementing the shortcomings of the conventional brine production system by reducing CCS cost. When we vary the vertical-horizontal permeability ratio and dip angle of a saline aquifer, the CO2 storage security of the MLHW-DT system is improved compared with that of the overall HW-DT system because the re-injected brine induces the CO2 plume migration in the lateral direction. Furthermore, the CCS cost of the MLHW-DT system is reduced by 69.4% compared with that of the conventional brine production system if the MLHW is operated on an onshore platform. Based on these results, the MLHW-DT is a safe and economical operation system for a CCS project.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120368
JournalApplied Energy
Volume330
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • CCS cost
  • CO storage security
  • carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • multi-lateral horizontal well with dual-tubing (MLHW-DT) system

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