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A MUltiple Space and Time scale approach for the quAntification of deep saliNe formations for CO2 storaGe

Participant 7 – CNRS – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montpellier.
Country France
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Person in charge Dr. Philippe Gouze -
Brief description of the organisation Géosciences Montpellier (CNRS) comprises about 70 scientists with expertise from mantle geochemistry to hydrology. The main expertise of the scientists is in quantifying and modelling the consequences of mass transfer and water-rock interaction in the subsurface. Main ongoing projects include: (i) describing and quantifying heterogeneities at all scales using state-of-the-art techniques including X-ray tomography; (ii) determining the temporal changes in hydrologic systems and the application of this knowledge to the remediation of pollution; (iii) diffusion and transport in sedimentary rocks; (iv) Experimental and modelling studies of dissolution and precipitation during CO2 injection into geologic systems in cooperation with several industrial programs and the French National Research Agency.

Coordinator of numerous fundamental research programs. The group has partnerships with a variety of technologic partners including the CEA (the French Nuclear Research Agency), TOTAL and SME (for the development of in-situ monitoring tools and laboratory equipment). Its experimental know-how and analytical expertise makes it one of the leading laboratories in the coupling of fluid-rock interaction with fluid flow and hydrodynamics. CNRS team is also strongly involved in two other European Projects focusing on geothermal and CO2 injection in basalts (Iceland). CNRS is also developing geo-electric monitoring and several high-tech downhole geophysical and hydro-geological tools with MSEs for specific investigations. At laboratory scale, CNRS has developed percolation bench for specific application to underground CO2 storage.


CNRS will undertake laboratory experiments to assess seal properties, investigate the thermo-hydromechanical coupling during massive injection of CO2 and Geo-electrical monitoring.

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