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Title: Natural CO 2 accumulations in the western Williston Basin: A mineralogical analog for CO 2 injection at the Weyburn site

The Devonian carbonates of the Duperow Formation on the western flank of the Williston Basin in southwest Saskatchewan contain natural accumulations of CO 2, and may have done so for as long as 50 million years. These carbonate sediments are characterized by a succession of carbonate cycles capped by anhydrite-rich evaporites that are thought to act as seals to fluid migration. The Weyburn CO 2 injection site lies 400 km to the east in a series of Mississippian carbonates that were deposited in a similar depositional environment. That long-term isolation of natural CO 2 can be accomplished within carbonate strata has motivated the investigation of the Duperow rocks as a potential natural analog for storage of anthropogenic CO 2 in carbonate lithologies. For the Duperow strata to represent a legitimate analog for Midale injection and storage, the similarity in lithofacies, whole rock compositions, mineral compositions and porosity with the Midale Beds must be established. Here we compare lithofacies, whole rock compositions, mineralogy and mineral compositions from both locales. The major mineral phases at both locales are calcite, dolomite and anhydrite. In addition, accessory pyrite, fluorite, quartz and celestine (strontium sulfate) are also observed. Dawsonite, a potential CO 2-trapping mineral, ismore » not observed within the CO 2-bearing horizons of the Duperow Formation, however. The distribution of porosity in the Midale Vuggy units is similar to that of the Duperow Formation, but the Marly units of the Midale have significantly higher porosity. The Duperow Formation is topped by the Dinesmore evaporite that is rich in anhydrite, and often contains authigenic K-feldspar. The chemistry of dolomite and calcite from the two localities also overlaps. Silicate minerals are in low abundance (<3%) within the analyzed Duperow samples, with quartz and K-feldspar the only silicates observed petrographically or in X-ray diffraction patterns. The Midale Beds contain significantly higher silica/silicate concentrations (Durocher et al., 2003), but the paucity of mono- and divalent cations that can be derived from dissolution of these silicate minerals likely precludes significant carbonate mineral formation. Therefore physical and solution trapping are likely to be the primary CO 2 trapping mechanisms at both sites.« less
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Lake Geological, Swift Current, SK (Canada)
  3. Petroleum Technology Research Centre, SK (Canada); Global CCS Institute, Canberra (Australia)
  4. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge, MA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836
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Journal Name:
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: S1; Journal ID: ISSN 1750-5836
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
58 GEOSCIENCES; water–rock interaction; natural carbon dioxide accumulations; supercritical carbon dioxide; natural analog; geologic carbon sequestration; Weyburn carbon dioxide injection
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