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Regional characterization of stacked storage units for potential CO2 sequestration in Western Nebraska, USA 

Samuel Fleagle1, Caroline Burberry1, and Seunghee Kim2
Samuel Fleagle et al.
  • 1University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, United States of America (
  • 2University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Civil and Environmental Engineering, United States of America


In Nebraska, most electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, which is estimated to emit 15 million tons of CO2 per year. Additionally, ethanol plants in Nebraska are estimated to emit 4 million tons of CO2 annually. CCS enables those industries to continually operate whilst emitting far fewer greenhouse gases. The study area of this project covers Western Nebraska  not fully evaluated to date.  We postulate there is extensive storage space in the subsurface of Western Nebraska.  The storage space needs to be a formation or formations that meet the following criteria: extensive in the study area, porous, deep (greater than 2600 feet below ground surface) and situated below a primary and secondary stratigraphic or structural seal. 

We plan on using existing well call outs (available through Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission’s website) and wireline logs to construct a lithostratigraphic and structural framework for potential storage and seal units.  Additionally, we will use GIS to create maps of formations and isopach maps to model unit thickness.  We also propose to log core in Denver at the USGS Core Storage facility or at the Nebraska Conservation and Survey Division to further understand the stratigraphy.  Subsequently, geophysical data (seismic, aeromagnetic, and gravimetric) will be utilized to delineate regional structures in detail. Lastly, we will conduct geomechanical tests on core samples to evaluate porosity, permeability, stiffness, and strength of target units to estimate specific CO2 storage volume capacity. 

The hope is to provide Western Nebraska with storage space for 50 million tons of CO2 within the project area.   The subsurface storage of CO2 is critical to global efforts to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas- induced climate change.   Reducing emissions will improve local air quality and aid in the larger goal of curtailing emissions of greenhouse gases to mitigate the impacts of climate change. 



How to cite: Fleagle, S., Burberry, C., and Kim, S.: Regional characterization of stacked storage units for potential CO2 sequestration in Western Nebraska, USA , EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-375,, 2022.

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