Virginia-based project wins $1.3 million for carbon dioxide underground storage research

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A Virginia-based company has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to research technologies to capture and store carbon dioxide.

Advanced Resources International Inc. (ARI), headquartered in Arlington, will use a $1.3 million research grant to assess storage of carbon dioxied in Eastern gas shales.. ARI is a research and consulting firm, specializing in unconventional gas, enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration.

James Markowsky, assistant secretary for fossil energy, said during a call-in media conference Wednesday that the location of the carbon sequestration study in Virginia is yet to be determined.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu of the Department of Energy is awarding a total of 15 projects up to $21.3 million over three years to help develop the technology and infrastructure to implement large-scale carbon dioxide storage in different geologic formations across the country.

Geologic storage of carbon dioxide is currently focused on five types of formations: depleted oil and gas reservoirs; deep saline formations; unmineable coal seams; oil- and gas-rich organic shales; and basalts.

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