Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage in the Louisiana Chemical Corridor

 

About the Project
In 2017, LSU researchers received a $1.4 million grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, or NETL, a part of the U.S. Department of Energy, to study the feasibility of industrial carbon capture and storage, or CCS, along the Louisiana Chemical Corridor. The award is part of NETL’s Carbon Storage Assurance Enterprise, or CarbonSAFE, program, which seeks to develop an integrated CCS storage complex constructed and permitted for operation in the 2025 timeframe in several phases.

The Louisiana Chemical Corridor runs along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and is home to several large refineries and petrochemical facilities. These industrial facilities emit large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas; however, their emissions are often in a concentrated, high pressure exhaust gas. This makes capturing those carbon dioxide emissions more cost effective. In addition, South Louisiana is home to a large number of underground reservoirs that are suitable for safe, long-term storage.

The team is made up of a diverse group of economists, environmental scientists, petroleum engineers, lawyers and geologists who seek to determine the economic, technical and logistical feasibility of a system that captures, transports and stores carbon dioxide, all in South Louisiana. The team also plans to build stakeholder support with the eventual goal of creating a viable carbon market in South Louisiana.

 

Research Team

PI: David E. Dismukes, executive director & professor, LSU Center for Energy Studies, and professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, LSU College of the Coast & Environment;

Co-PI: Brian Snyder, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, LSU College of the Coast & Environment;

Co-PI: Richard Hughes, professional-in-residence, LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering;

Co-PI: Mehdi Zeidouni, assistant professor, LSU Department of Petroleum Engineering;

Co-PI: Keith Hall, director, Mineral Law Institute, LSU Law;

Chacko John, associate director & professor, Louisiana Geological Survey;

Brian Harder, research analyst, Louisiana Geological Survey;

Juan Lorenzo, associate professor, LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics.

 

Sponsors
U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

 

Presentations, Publications & Reports
Integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage in the Louisiana chemical corridor.” David E. Dismukes, Ph.D. National Energy Technology Labs, CarbonSAFE kick-off meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. 14 March 2017.

Integrated carbon capture, utilization and storage in the Louisiana chemical corridor.” David E. Dismukes, Ph.D. Energy Bar Association Meeting: New Orleans Chapter. 10 May 2017.

 

Contact
David E. Dismukes at dismukes@lsu.edu