Monitoring gas leakages simulated in a near surface aquifer of the Ellerbek paleo-channel

al Hagrey, S. A., Schäfer, Dirk, Kohn, D., Wiegers, C. E., Chung, D., Dahmke, Andreas and Rabbel, Wolfgang (2016) Monitoring gas leakages simulated in a near surface aquifer of the Ellerbek paleo-channel Environmental Earth Sciences, 75 (14). DOI 10.1007/s12665-016-5784-1.

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Renewable energy resources are intermittent and need buffer storage to bridge the time-gap between production and demand peaks. The North German Basin has a very large capacity for compressed air/gas energy storage (CAES) in porous saltwater reservoirs and salt cavities. Even though these geological storage systems are constructed with high caution, accidental gas leakages occurred in the past. Stored gases migrated from deep reservoirs along permeable zones upwards into shallow potable aquifers. These CAES leakages cause changes in the electro-elastic properties, and density of the aquifers, and therefore justify investigations with the application of different geophysical techniques. A multiphase flow simulation has been performed to create a realistic virtual CAES leakage scenario into a shallow aquifer in Northern Germany. This scenario is used to demonstrate the detecting resolution capability of a combined geophysical monitoring approach, consisting of acoustic joint waveform inversion (FWI) of surface and borehole data, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and gravity. This combined approach of geophysical multi-techniques was able to successfully map the shape and determine the physical properties of the simulated gas phase body at a very early stage after leakage began. Techniques of FWI and ERT start to resolve CAES leakage anomalies only a few years and gravity even a few months after leakage began. Geophysical monitoring of vast areas may start by conducting time-effective aero-surveys (e.g. electromagnetic induction or gravity gradient methods) to isolate anomalous subareas of potential leakage risks. These subareas are then studied in detail using our combined high-resolution approach. In conclusion, our approach is sensitive to CAES leakages and can be used for monitoring.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 0 al Hagrey, Said A. Schaefer, Dirk Koehn, Daniel Wiegers, Carla E. Chung, David Dahmke, Andreas Rabbel, Wolfgang
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s12665-016-5784-1
ISSN: 1866-6280
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2017 06:52
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:46

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