NRAP leverages DOE’s capabilities to help quantify uncertainties and risks necessary to remove barriers to full-scale CO2 storage deployment.
NETL 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. Phase I of the NRAP multi-year research effort was completed in June 2016 and Phase II research beginning concurrently. Phase I focused on the assessment of risk associated with large-scale CO2 storage and quantifying uncertainties associated with those assessments.
This work focused toward completing a set of tools, methodologies, and assessments related to the prediction of CO2 storage site-scale performance and communicating the functionality and utility of those products to the Strategic Center for Coal, Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs), and other stakeholders. Phase II efforts are focused on applying and extending that predictive capability to actively manage risks related to CO2 storage. To meet those objectives, the following research tasks are being conducted:

• Containment Assurance
• Induced Seismicity Risk
• Strategic Monitoring for Uncertainty Reduction
• Validation of Risk Assessment Tools and Methodologies Using Synthetic and Field Data
• Addressing Critical Questions Related to Assessment and Management of Environmental Risk
at CO2 Storage Sites