BRGM, France’s leading public institution in the Earth Science field, has three main activities: scientific research, support for government policy, and international cooperation and development assistance.
BRGM has been among the pioneers in research on CO2 geological storage, participating from 1993 in the first European research project (Joule II) and in the first pilots worldwide (Sleipner, Weyburn, In Salah, Nagaoka, Ketzin, Hontomín, etc.).
BRGM is also carrying out research activities at natural CO2fields, such as Montmiral in France, and at natural CO2 seepage areas in Italy, Germany and France. Its fields of expertise are site selection and characterisation, predictive modelling, risk analysis, monitoring and safety management, thus addressing a wide range of the issues related to CO2geological storage.
BRGM has been manager of the CO2GeoNet European Network of Excellence on the geological storage of CO2, initiated in 2004 through an EC FP6 contract, now a legally registered Association under French law. BRGM has been President of the CO2GeoNet Association since 2011. Recently, BRGM was the coordinator of the FP7 CGS Europe project (2010-2013), a Pan-European Coordination Action on CO2 Geological Storage involving 34 research institutes over 28 countries, including the CO2GeoNet Association. BRGM is currently coordinating the FP7 ULTIMATE CO2project (2011-2015) dedicated to the understanding of the long term fate of geologically stored CO2. BRGM is also a member of ZEP, EERA CCS, French Club CO2.