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 geological CO2 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, Lacq-Rousse, etc.).
BRGM also carries out research at natural CO2 fields, 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 CO2 geological storage.
BRGM also performs some research on CO2 capture and on CO2 use.
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 was also coordinating the FP7 ULTIMATE CO2project (2011-2015) dedicated to the understanding of the long term fate of geologically stored CO2.
BRGM is the coordinator of the French node of ECCSEL ERIC, composed of 4 research institutes (BRGM, IFPEN, INERIS, Andra) and two industrial companies (EDF, TOTAL), as well as of the H2020 STRATEGY CCUS project starting in April 2019, the H2020 ENOS ongoing project, and the completed FP7 ULTimateCO2 and CGS Europe projects. BRGM is a founding member 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 with statutory seat in BRGM offices. BRGM has been President of the CO2GeoNet Association since 2011.
BRGM is President of the national Club CO2 and is deeply involved in CCS international initiatives such as ZEP, EERA CCS, CSLF, IEAGHG.