School of Engineering
Carbon dioxide geosequestration into deep unmineable coal seams is a technique which can mitigate anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. However, coal composition is always complex, and some minerals such as calcite chemically react when exposed to the acidic environment (which is created by scCO2 mixing with formation water). These reactive transport processes are still poorly understood. We thus imaged a water-bearing heterogeneous coal (calcite rich) core before and after scCO2 injection in-situ at high resolutions (3.43 µm) in 3D via X-ray in-situ microCT flooding system. Indeed, the calcite-coal mixed layer was partially dissolved, and absolute porosity and connectivity significantly increased. We thus suggested that such process could be used as an acidizing method in CO2 ECBM. However, such dissolved damage also can significantly affect the rock mechanical properties and potentially induce geohazards.
Paper presented at the Applied Energy Symposium and Forum, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage, CCUS 2018, 27–29 June 2018, Perth, Australia.
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