Locating Potential Carbon Sequestration Sites – NETL’s SEQURE

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Attached to airborne vehicles such as helicopters, SEQURE uses magnetic and methane sensors to quickly locate abandoned and leaking wells over large areas.

The magnetic sensors detect any steel well casings in the area, which are then depicted on maps that are used for ground reconnaissance. The magnetic sensors are able to detect at least 95 percent of the wells present in oil and gas fields.

In the 2005 proof-of-concept flight over the SaltCreek Oilfield in Wyoming, SEQURE’s magnetic sensors detected 133 of 139 wells. The remainder of the wells remained hidden because of corroded orremoved casing, or because the casing was made of a non-magnetic material,such as wood.

It was developed by NETL in conjunction with an international team of researchers from Apogee Scientific Inc.(Englewood, Colo.), Fugro Airborne Surveys (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada),and LaSen Inc. (Las Cruces, N.M.).

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2 Responses to “Locating Potential Carbon Sequestration Sites – NETL’s SEQURE”

  1. Veronica

    This novel technology – the quickest way to evaluate potential carbon dioxide storage sites – is helping to bring carbon storage efforts into play and was recognized this year by R&D Magazine as a winner of the esteemed R&D 100 Award.

    This is the first time an R&D 100 Award has been given to a technology developed for permanent storage of carbon dioxide,” said Thomas Shope, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy. “This recognition underscores NETL’s role as a leading research center for carbon storage.”
    Checkout more at
    http://www.fossil.energy.gov/news/techlines/2007/07063-Technology_Locates_Carbon_Storage.html

  2. Amanda leah

    SEQURE Well Finding Technology, which was developed by NETL in conjunction with an international team of researchers from Apogee Scientific Inc. (Englewood, Colo.), Fugro Airborne Surveys (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), and LaSen Inc. (Las Cruces, N.M.), is both a time-saving and cost-effective way to locate abandoned wells, so that ground teams can more efficiently evaluate them. On a helicopter equipped with magnetic and methane sensors, SEQURE goes airborne to swiftly locate lost wells.

    I feel the data provided will help the ground team study how well the wells are sealed in order to prevent any CO2 leakage in future.


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