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"Issued on: April 6, 2009
First U.S. Large-Scale CO2 Storage Project Advances
One Million Metric Tons of Carbon to be Injected at Illinois Site
Washington, D.C. - Drilling nears completion for the first large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) injection well in the United States for CO2 sequestration. This project will be used to demonstrate that CO2 emitted from industrial sources - such as coal-fired power plants - can be stored in deep geologic formations to mitigate large quantities of greenhouse gas emissions.
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The project is funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
"This test represents an exciting step forward in the Department's collaborative efforts to develop America’s carbon sequestration capabilities," said Dr. Victor K. Der, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy. "In Decatur, we're moving from theory to application."
A collaboration between ADM and the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC), the injection test is part of the development phase of the Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships program managed by the National Energy Laboratory (NETL) for the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE).
The project will obtain core samples of the Mount Simon Sandstone during drilling that will be used in analysis to help determine the best section for injection. The sandstone formation is approximately 2,000 feet thick in the test area.
From 2010 to 2013, up to one million metric tons of captured CO2 from ADM’s ethanol production facility in Decatur will be injected more than a mile beneath the surface into a deep saline formation. The amount of injected CO2 will roughly equal the annual emissions of 220,000 automobiles."