A geological database for parameterization in numerical modeling of subsurface storage in northern Germany

Dethlefsen, Frank, Ebert, Markus and Dahmke, Andreas (2014) A geological database for parameterization in numerical modeling of subsurface storage in northern Germany Environmental Earth Sciences, 71 (5). pp. 2227-2244.

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Abstract

Underground land use can play a significant role in future concepts of energy and gas storage and requires an improved understanding of the parameters of potential storage formations (saline aquifers), for instance of porosity and permeability, and also of mineralogical and gas compositions. This study aims at providing data examples and calculating vertical spatial variations through variogram analyses of important North German geological reservoirs from Dogger, Rhaetian, Middle Buntsandstein, and Rotliegend (Sub)Groups and Formations, focusing on the western part of the North German Basin. Vertical correlation lengths of porosity and permeability data range between 0 and 30 m, while most results are calculated at approximately 2-4 m and do not show relevant differences among the evaluated formations. In the majority of the regarded formations, the Kozeny-Carman relationship between porosity and permeability is supported as long as low porosity and permeability values are excluded from the evaluation. Mineral percentages varied significantly among the evaluated sediments. Besides quartz, ankerite is the main compound in the Dogger Group, while feldspars and clay minerals were more frequent in the Rhaetian, Middle Buntsandstein, and Rotliegend sediments. Methane was the main gas compound in the reservoirs, followed by nitrogen, ethane, and carbon dioxide. This study serves as preparatory work to allow for the parameterization of geological models and a subsequent simulation of fluid transport to evaluate (long-term) safety and impacts of geothermal and gas storage projects.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 3 0 3
Research affiliation: Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
ISSN: 1866-6280
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 12:08
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 12:08
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/27471

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