BGR - Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, or the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is the central geoscientific authority providing expertise to the German Federal Government. It is subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. BGR was one of the founding members of CO2GeoNet at the time of the EC contract and is now a cooperating partner of the CO2GeoNet Association as defined by a cooperation agreement signed between the CO2GeoNet Association and BGR.
Since 2000, BGR has been examining various aspects of the geological storage of CO2 in various locations and regions inside and outside Germany, partnered by national and foreign research institutions, geological surveys, and industry players.
Research activities currently focus on the following topics:
- Storage options (projects: Catalogue of Storage Capacities in Germany);
- Geochemical Interactions (project: COORAL – CO2 purity for capture and storage);
- Safety and Monitoring (projects: CO2ReMoVe Research on CO2 Monitoring and Verification, CLEAN – CO2 Largescale Enhanced Gas Recovery in the Altmark Natural-gas field);
- Legislation: To develop CCS “state of the art” norms and standards, BGR has put together a project team who will formulate qualification requirements (e.g. reservoir rock properties, cap rock tightness or long term safety of wells) for storage sites in deep saline aquifers and depleted gas fields. In a second phase, these requirements will be assessed and further developed by a team of experts from research, industry and authorities.