March 27, 2013 —
KGS will obtain rock cores, geophysical well logs, water samples, and test properties of several deep formations penetrated in the well, including the Ordovician Knox Group and Rose Run Sandstone, and the Cambrian Mount Simon Sandstone.
The depth of these zones ranges from 3,000 to 4,700 feet below the surface. The research will help KGS and the state learn reservoir rock properties of the region and gather data needed to evaluate any potential for future CO2 storage along the Ohio River industrial corridor.
Comprehensive geologic and geophysical data will be acquired in the well, including almost 300 feet of core samples, native formation fluid samples, advanced downhole well logs, and standard reservoir tests.
No oil or natural gas is expected to be encountered in the well but the information obtained from the project may help oil and gas companies elsewhere in Eastern Kentucky.
KGS has contracts with four companies for work on the project. Sandia Technologies, of Houston, Texas, is managing the project. Crossrock Drilling of Pikeville constructed the well site and is drilling the well and reclaiming the site after project completion.
Coring services will be provided by CorPro of Pittsburgh, Pa., and well logs will be taken by Schlumberger, also of Houston.
The Energy Independence and Incentives Act of 2007 called for research into deep storage of CO2 in both the Eastern and Western Kentucky Coal Fields.
KGS conducted a similar project in 2009-10 in Hancock County in Western Kentucky.
The stratigraphic test well will pose no danger to people or property in the vicinity of the well site.
After the research project in Carter County is completed, the well will be permanently plugged in accordance with state regulations.
At this point in time, there are no announced plans for commercial CO2 storage in Carter County or surrounding counties.