NRAP Virtual Issue

A special issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control (IJGGC) was released August 17, 2016, highlighting carbon-storage research conducted under the Energy Department’s National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP). A compendium of research generated by the NRAP team over 6 years of collaboration, the special issue comprises 60 peer-reviewed publications which, taken together, represent a significant contribution to the state-of-knowledge on long-term risks of geologic CO2 storage (GCS).

NRAP leverages DOE’s capabilities to help quantify uncertainties and risks necessary to remove barriers to full-scale CO2 storage deployment.
nrap_layers_imageNETL’s Research & Innovation Center (RIC) is leading a multi-laboratory effort that leverages broad technical capabilities across the DOE complex into a mission-focused platform that will develop the integrated science base that can be applied to risk assessment for long-term storage of CO2: the National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP). NRAP involves five DOE national laboratories: NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The motivating goal of NRAP is to develop science-based methodologies and tools for calculating risks at any CO2 storage site while providing necessary scientific and technological advances to support that methodology. Fiscal Year 2016 will span a period of transition for the NRAP research program, with Phase I of this multi-year research effort expected to come to completion by June 2016, and Phase II research beginning concurrently. Phase I is focused on assessment of risk associated with large-scale CO2 storage, and with quantifying uncertainties associated with those assessments; Phase II will focus on management of risk associated with large-scale CO2 storage, and with reducing associated uncertainties.

Objectives of Phase I work for FY16 NRAP effort are generally focused toward completing a set of tools, methodologies and assessments related to prediction of site-scale performance of CO2 storage and communicating to the Strategic Center for Coal, Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs), and other stakeholders the functionality and utility of those products.
Objectives of FY16 efforts under Phase II will be focused toward applying and extending that predictive capability to actively manage risks related to CO2 storage. Toward meeting those objectives, the proposed work scope includes the following research tasks:

• Develop Methodology for Quantification of Site-Specific Risk Profiles
• Ensure the Science Base and Validity of the Methodology for Quantifying Site-Specific Risk Profiles
• Develop Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies that Consider Uncertainties and Risk