Williams Secures Nearly $1 Million for Carbon Storage Research in Wyoming

(P&GJ) — Oklahoma-based pipeline operator Williams Cos. has been awarded $975,000 in funding to study carbon capture and storage initiatives in Wyoming, Oklahoma Energy Today reported.

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Spearheaded by the Wyoming Energy Authority and backed by Governor Mark Gordon's office, the grant signifies a pivotal step forward in exploring the feasibility of establishing a saline CO2 storage hub near Williams' Echo Springs gas plant in Wamsutter.

This ambitious endeavor, known as the Echo Springs CarbonSAFE Storage Complex Feasibility Study, is poised to assess the viability of securely storing CO2 within the geological formations of the region. With its extensive operations in southern Wyoming, Williams views this initiative as integral to the eventual realization of a commercially viable carbon capture and storage complex.

Teaming up with the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, the feasibility study will encompass various facets, including the drilling of a stratigraphic test well and the development of a comprehensive model. Additionally, foundational documents for an underground injection control class VI well will be prepared, underlining the meticulous planning required for such a project.

According to Oklahoma Energy Today, the significance of a class VI well cannot be overstated, as it is specifically tailored for the injection of carbon dioxide into deep subsurface formations for geologic sequestration. This aligns with Wyoming's commitment to environmental preservation, with the state holding primacy granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In a, Brian Hlavinka, vice president of New Energy Ventures at Williams, expressed confidence in the project's potential outcomes, emphasizing the company's dedication to supporting Wyoming's clean energy objectives. This collaborative effort between Williams and the University of Wyoming underscores a shared commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions while addressing carbon emissions.

“Williams is proud to be a part of this study, which is the critical next step toward the development of a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage complex adjacent to our natural gas processing assets in southern Wyoming,” Brian Hlavinka, vice president of New Energy Ventures at Williams, said in a statement to Oklahoma Energy Today.

The project's impact on the region is expected to be substantial, with a primary focus on confirming the reservoirs at Echo Springs can safely, securely, and economically store CO2. The project pledges over 99% permanence, ensuring robust storage efficiency and containment. Furthermore, a comprehensive commercial-scale monitoring, reporting, and verification process will be established, reinforcing the project's transparency and accountability.

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