Impact of the lower Jurassic Dunlin Group depositional elements on the Aurora CO2 storage site, EL001, northern North Sea, Norway

Renata Meneguolo*, Anja Sundal, Allard W. Martinius, Zbynek Veselovsky, Alex Cullum, Elvira Milovanova

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Northern Lights is the CO2 transport and storage component of Longship, the Norwegian full-scale CCS project. Injection is planned into an under-explored sloping saline aquifer in the northern North Sea, the Johansen and Cook formations of the Lower Jurassic Dunlin Group. To bridge the information gap, well 31/5-7 (Eos) was drilled. The comprehensive dataset acquired was fundamental to interpret the depositional environment and determine the scale and spatial distribution of heterogeneities, as input to 3-D models aimed at improving storage resource assessment and understanding the injected CO2 plume behaviour over time. The interpreted gross depositional environments of the storage units are marginal- to shallow-marine, arranged in three successive fining-upwards intervals. The lower interval includes coastal deposits with mixed wave- and river influence, correlatable over a large distance, dominated by meso-scale heterogeneities. The middle interval records paralic deposits with a wave- and tidal- interplay generating higher vertical and lateral variability. The upper interval is interpreted as tidal-dominated, predominantly with cm-scale heterogeneities. The repeated fining-upwards trends are ideal for plume redistribution and efficient CO2 storage, and the reconstructed lateral depositional trends associated with generally good properties indicate a high storage potential. The Eos well data enabled building the properties distribution model, highlighting the importance of well control for storage evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103723
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • Dunlin Group
  • Geological storage potential
  • Horda platform
  • Lower Jurassic
  • Offshore Norway
  • Site selection and characterization


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