The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the United States established by the U.S.
The Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) Development Phase Project is designed to inject one million metric tons of carbon dioxide during a span of roughly four years.
"For more than 20 years, FirstEnergy has been a national leader in efforts to develop new technologies to reduce emissions from coal-based power plants, and our involvement with MRCSP is another way we can take steps to protect the environment, while continuing to meet Ohio's need for reliable, affordable electricity," said Dan Steen, vice president, Environmental.
In recent years, MRCSP has collected data about Ohio's geology and these studies indicate that the rock foundations around the Burger Plant include porous sandstone layers thousands of feet below the surface with very dense cap rock lying above -- conditions potentially well-suited for safely storing CO2 as the technology is developed.
Over the next four to six months, MRCSP will conduct additional studies at the Burger Plant to confirm its suitability for sequestration.
As part of the MRCSP project, extensive monitoring will be conducted both during and after the injection phase.
In this first leg of the field test, MRCSP expects injection rates of 1,000 metric tons of C[O.sub.2] per day.
MRCSP will be using state-of-the-art techniques to track the C[O.sub.2] and quantify the amount that is retained in the formation after the oil is removed--during and after the active injection phase.