SUCCESS at Brumundal

The Brumundal sandstone reservoir represents an analogue to relevant reservoirs for CO2 storage offshore. Here Per Aagaard (UiO) enthusiastically guides a field trip in the area for experts meeting at The SUCCESS Fall Seminar 2016.

03.11.2016 by Gunn Janne Myrseth

SUCCESS at Brumundal

Per Aagaard. Photo: Marit Hommedal

Hours of theoretical information can be heavy so the field trip guided by both Johan Petter Nystuen and Per Aagaard was a nice break. They both exposed extensive knowledge about the local geology in general and the Brumundal sandstone in particular. 

Johan Petter Nystuen. Photo: Marit Hommedal

The SUCCESS Centre Scientific Advisory Committee from left: Nick Riley (British Geological Survey), Auli Niemi (University of Uppsala), Marte Gutierrez (Colorado School of Mines) and Sylvain Thibeau (TOTAL E6P). Photo: Marit Hommedal

The SUCCESS center has since 2009 been carrying out fundamental research on topics that will help to address questions as better assess, monitor and make predictions concerning CO2 spreading and trapping. The project has gathered some top Norwe­gian scientists who address research questions that will help in characterizing geological storage forma­tions where CO2 can be injected and the sealing layers above them that keep the injected CO2 contained. They are also developing improved mathematical and numerical models to describe the processes taking place when the CO2 is injected and stored, which in turn can be used to make predictions of how much CO2 can be injected and how it is spreading in the formations. Finally, their research will lead to better methods for monitoring the spreading and trapping of the injected CO2. These days Success are working on their the final reporting of the SUCCESS Centre. But the knowledge will go on in new projects under new plattforms, but many of the people in todays SUCCESS will go on together.

Highlights at Fall Seminar:


  • Peter Zweigel from Statoil presented the storage part of the Norwegian full-scale CCS feasibility study with positive prospects for future CCS technology development and demonstration.


  • Volker Oye from NORSAR talked about experiences from several microseismic monitoring studies.


  • Alf G. Melbye from SINTEF Petroleum presented the ECCSEL research infrastructure for CCS. ECCSEL can provide access to test facilities e.g. at Svelvik CO2 field laboratory.


  • Remy Agerborg from Octio explained case studies using Octio’s 4D Gravitude technology for monitoring the reservoirs at Troll, Mikkel and Ormen Lange.


  • Maria Elenius summed up results so far from the integration activities on Skade. Performed simulations indicate that pressure buildup is a challenge with regards to achieving targeted injection rates.


  • Sarah Gasda presented results from the PROTECT project on experiments, modeling and simulation of caprock integrity in North Sea aquifers.


  • Arve Rein Sleveland talked about sedimentology of an aeolian to marginal marine succession, presenting results from investigations of an exhumed natural CO2 reservoir of Jurassic sedimentary rocks in Utah, USA.