For two decades, the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) has been investigating the state’s subsurface geology and industrial infrastructure to determine the safety and viability of injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources into underground rock formations for long-term storage and hard to recover hard-to-reach oil.

Now, as part of an initiative to share data and advance research on the process, the KGS is partnering with fifteen other state and federal entities from throughout the central and western US.

The Carbon Utilisation and Storage Partnership (CUSP) is led by the Petroleum Recovery Research Centre (PRRC) at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which was awarded $6.24m by the US Department of Energy for the project.

“Nationwide, CCUS is moving ahead. There are multiple large-scale commercial project announcements, and the portfolio is growing,” said Eugene Holubnyak, Petroleum Engineer at KGS.

“KGS has developed a very strong CCUS programme on its own, and this time around we want to play a central an integral role in CUSP.”

Over the past ten years, the KGS has led or played a key role in five large-scale CCUS projects funded by the US Department of Energy. Working with private partners, the KGS has successfully injected CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Wellington Field in Sumner County south of Wichita and the Hall-Gurney Field in Russell County.

As part of its CCUS commitments, the KGS team is participating in all five CUSP focus areas including: policy and law, data management, data analysis, economics and outreach.

“Currently, the KGS team is selecting database architecture to create an interactive, open-access dataset that will include subsurface, infrastructure, industrial and other data,” said Franek Hasiuk, KGS Geologist.

“It will include information from all CUSP member states, and possibly beyond, that will be very useful for CCUS projects, the oil and gas industry, regulators and other stakeholders.”