CNRS
Montpellier, France

STORAGE

ICARE Lab (FR7.5)

ICARE Lab

Experimental platform including 5 measurement benches to reproduce the thermo-hydro-chemical conditions representative of the geological storage of CO2. The experimental equipment allows reproducing the interactions between fluids and reservoir rocks (sandstone, carbonates, etc.), borehole cements and caprocks (e.g. claystones) under pressure and temperature conditions from the near surface to geothermal systems (i.e. 30 MPa and 300 °C).

The experimental platform can be used for:

  • Storage feasibility study;

  • Risk analysis (in particular of leaks);

  • Calibration, configuration and validation of modeling tools;

  • Development of technologies for mitigating leaks and remedying their effects.

The laboratory includes various analytical equipment such as

  • Measurements of porosity;

  • Water and air permeability;

  • Gas analysis by chromatography and Raman spectrometry.

This laboratory maintains a high level of technological innovation and is among the most efficient in the world. The experimental part is completed by means of micro-tomographic image analysis (image processing platform) and scientific computing (dedicated computing server) for the modeling of thermo-hydro-chemical processes.

State of the Art, uniqueness & specific advantages

ICARE Lab is fully operational.

There is very few similar equipement in Europe. The advantages of ICARE Lab are :

  1. The long experience acquired over the last 10 years by the scientific and technical team;

  2. The continuous improvement of the equipement according to the state-of the art;

  3. The dedicated technical team made of 2 permanent engineers.

Scientific Environment

Analysis resources: UM/ OSU OREME PT AETE-ISO / Géosciences Montpellier : petrologic analysis, mineralogic and chemical analysis : Raman, DRX, Microprobe, SEM-EBSD, (LA-)ICPMS, ICPAES.

Operating by

CNRS

Centre national de la recherche scientifique
France
STORAGE technologies:
Pressure/injection, Migration, Caprock/well integrity, Leakage mitigation/remediation, Reactivity/mineralisation, Leakage, Static modelling, Dynamic modelling
Research Fields:
Fluid dynamics, Chemistry/Geochemistry, Material science, Modelling, Physical processes, Engineering, Thermodynamics

Location & Contacts

Location
Montpellier, France
Contacts
RICC Contacts - Secondary contact
Sébastien Dupraz

Facility Availability

Availability per year (in UA)
60
Present facility state of access
Partially Accessible
If not fully accessible, please specify the expected impact on services until access is fully restored.
Duration of a typical access (average) and number of external users expected for that access
30

Quality Control / Quality Assurance (QA)

Activities / tests / data are:
State of Quality: There are no specific QA procedure available for that facility

Operational or other constraints

Specific risks:
N/A
Legal issues:
N/A

CCUS Projects

EU-Funded CCUS Projects
FP7
2009 – 2013
MUSTANG
FP7
PANACEA
FP7
TRUST
Other CCUS Projects
RTPG
2003
PICOR
ANR
2009 – 2011
CO-LINER
ANR
2005-2008
Géocarbone-Carbonatation
National Fund
2010-2011
PPE UM2
National Fund
2013
INSU CESSUR
FP7
2014-2018
ABYSS
H2020
2015-2018
FRACRISK
INSU
2016,-2018
TelluS-SYSTER
ICDP
Oman Drilling Project
National Fund
2017
DCO
ANR
2018-2022
LISZT

Selected Publications

International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 48, Part 1, 155-170. (2016)
Characterization and modeling of the alteration of fractured class-G Portland cement during flow of CO2-rich brine.
Abdoulghafour H., Gouze P., Luquot L., Leprovost R.
Chemical Geology 265, 148–159, (2009)
Experimental determination of porosity and permeability changes induced by massive injection of CO2 into carbonate reservoirs,
Luquot L., P. Gouze
Chemical Geology 294-295, 75–88 (2012)
CO2 percolation experiment through chlorite/zeolite-rich sandstone (Pretty Hill Formation – Otway Basin–Australia)
Luquot L., Andreani M., Gouze P., Camps P.
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 48, Part 1, 44-58. (2016)
CO2-rich brine percolation experiments through Heletz reservoir rock samples (Israel): Role of the flow rate and brine composition.
Luquot L., Gouze P., Niemi A., Bensabat J., Carrera J.
Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 120–121, 45–55 (2011)
On the characterization of porosity-permeability relationships and reactive surface areas during heterogeneous dissolution induced by CO2 injection in limestone reservoir
Gouze P. and L. Luquot

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