Layout of CCS monitoring infrastructure with highest probability of detecting a footprint of a CO2 leak in a varying marine environment.

Hvidevold, Hilde Kristine, Alendal, Guttorm, Johannessen, Truls, Ali, Alfatih, Mannseth, Trond and Avlesen, Helge (2015) Layout of CCS monitoring infrastructure with highest probability of detecting a footprint of a CO2 leak in a varying marine environment. Open Access International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 37 . pp. 274-279. DOI 10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.03.013.

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• A way to design a grid of sensor along the seafloor, with the purpose of detecting a leak, is presented.
• The method relies site characterization, on local environmental statistics and on a detection threshold.
• The method quantifies the probability of detecting a leak, and through an optimization procedure finds the optimal layout.
• The cost function can be extended to include other constraints, such as cost or need to cover vulnerable areas.


Monitoring of the marine environment for indications of a leak, or precursors of a leak, will be an intrinsic part of any subsea CO2 storage projects. A real challenge will be quantification of the probability of a given monitoring program to detect a leak and to design the program accordingly. The task complicates by the number of pathways to the surface, difficulties to estimate probabilities of leaks and fluxes, and predicting the fluctuating footprint of a leak. The objective is to present a procedure for optimizing the layout of a fixed array of chemical sensors on the seafloor, using the probability of detecting a leak as metric. A synthetic map from the North Sea is used as a basis for probable leakage points, while the spatial footprint is based on results from a General Circulation Model. Compared to an equally spaced array the probability of detecting a leak can be nearly doubled by an optimal placement of the available sensors. It is not necessarily best to place the first in the location of the highest probable leakage point, one sensor can monitor several potential leakage points. The need for a thorough baseline in order to reduce the detection threshold is shown.

Document Type: Article
Funder compliance: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/265847
Keywords: Geological storage; Leak detection probability; Marine environment; CCS; Monitoring
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2015.03.013
ISSN: 1750-5836
Projects: ECO2
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 12:15
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2015 12:15

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