This week, the CO2 testing and completion phase at the first production well made significant progress. At the well pad, Altamont is coordinating operations, and Rick Czech (Project Field Manager) is helping provide support. Together, project team leaders and crew members are making excellent work progress, and have begun perforating the lower Duperow geologic formation.
News From Kevin Dome
Last week, BSCSP partners from across the country met for the 2014 Annual Meeting at Montana State University. In total, over forty participants, including project scientists with expertise ranging across the geologic sciences, attended the three-day event.
This week, researchers at Montana State University (MSU) received a much anticipated mail delivery: rock core samples from the first two wells at Kevin Dome! Sectioned off into manageable pieces, and catalogued to correspond to their respective depths of origin, roughly 7,000 pounds of rock samples (some originating from greater than 4,000 feet below the surface) are now available for further study at the MSU core storage facility.
Last week, the Big Sky Carbon Storage project kicked-off the completion phase of the first carbon dioxide (CO2) production well at the Kevin Dome field site. Beginning with a “complete the well on paper” meeting in Shelby, Montana, Big Sky Carbon representatives, partnership leaders, and service companies met to plan and review a detailed completion work strategy for CO2 testing at the well.
Recently, Big Sky Partnership team members returned from Pittsburgh after participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carbon Storage Research & Development Project Review Meeting. At the three day event, Dr. Lee Spangler, BSCSP Project Director, delivered a presentation on recent Kevin Dome Field Project progress to an audience of national leaders, scientists, and government officials.
BSCSP has moved our field office in Shelby, MT to a more convenient and visible location. Our office is now situated on 3rd Avenue South – one building up the hill from First State Bank and across the street from Quilt with Class. The office features a lobby, administrative office, field-staging room, and conference room for planning and meeting events.
With the help and support of local landowners, contractors, and local community leaders, BSCSP has made significant progress at the Kevin Dome project site over the past few months. In recognition of ongoing support from our strong community partners, BSCSP hosted our first community appreciation BBQ in Sunburst on July 1st.
Recently, the BSCSP surface monitoring team, led by project scientist, Laura Dobeck, installed an “eddy covariance tower” at the Kevin Dome project site. The twelve foot tall tower is staked to the ground and equipped with scientific instrumentation calibrated to collect and record a variety atmospheric data year-round.
After the drilling of the main hole for the monitoring well was finished, the team began the logging process, which allows them to collect a wide range of geologic measurements and data from the underground layers exposed by the open hole.
The BSCSP field team has made substantial progress on the monitoring well since drilling began on May 19. Over the next five days, the team drilled the main hole down to a depth of 3,661 feet, the target destination for extracting the first core samples.