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Process-based approach for the detection of CO2 injectate leakage

United States Patent

9,816,972
November 14, 2017
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The present invention includes a method for distinguishing between a natural source of deep gas and gas leaking from a CO.sub.2 storage reservoir at a near surface formation comprising: obtaining one or more surface or near surface geological samples; measuring a CO.sub.2, an O.sub.2, a CH.sub.4, and an N.sub.2 level from the surface or near surface geological sample; determining the water vapor content at or above the surface or near surface geological samples; normalizing the gas mixture of the CO.sub.2, the O.sub.2, the CH.sub.4, the N.sub.2 and the water vapor content to 100% by volume or 1 atmospheric total pressure; determining: a ratio of CO.sub.2 versus N.sub.2; and a ratio of CO.sub.2 to N.sub.2, wherein if the ratio is greater than that produced by a natural source of deep gas CO.sub.2 or deep gas methane oxidizing to CO.sub.2, the ratio is indicative of gas leaking from a CO.sub.2 storage reservoir.
Romanak; Katherine (Austin, TX), Bennett; Philip C. (Austin, TX)
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
14/ 317,836
20150000374
June 27, 2014
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH This invention was made with U.S. Government support by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Office of the Governor of Texas (contract DE-FG04-90AL65847) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (contract DE FG26-05NT42590) through the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. The government has certain rights in this invention.