In the United States (US), Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) has announced that it has commenced drilling multiple stratigraphic test wells, a key milestone in its development of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The test wells and SCS’s permanent geologic storage sites are in North Dakota (ND), where it has formed relationships with local landowners and is now collecting data to guide the safe, permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in deep subsurface formations.
Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) is a recently formed business platform launched by Summit Agricultural Group (SAG) that aims will address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
SCS will capture over 10 million tonnes per annum year of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ethanol plants and other industrial facilities and has selected North Dakota (ND) as the storage destination due to the state’s abundant geologic storage capacity and its well-established carbon management regulatory framework.
The sites SCS is developing will the company says “comprise the largest carbon storage hub in the world”, with an estimated aggregate potential to store one billion tonnes of CO2 safely and permanently.
The majority of the pore space necessary to develop this hub has been secured through long-term leases with landowners.
Summit Carbon Solutions and this project will be transformative for the carbon capture, ethanol, and agriculture industries, and for my home state of North Dakota. Our team is making rapid progress on pore space acquisition and data collection, and we look forward to submitting storage facility permit applications, said Wade Boeshans, EVP, who is leading Summit’s storage site development.
SCS engaged Neset Consulting as the general drilling contractor and the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) to manage and provide technical oversight of the data collection and interpretation.
In addition to drilling stratigraphic test wells, the company has received state and local permits to collect 3D seismic data on approximately 200 square miles of land in western ND.
The company has contracted with Paragon Geophysical Services to complete the seismic tests and will use the resulting data to create a 3D model that will provide the basis for simulation, design, and permitting of CO2 storage facilities in the area.