GEO5910 – CO2 storage - Physical and chemical processes

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Course content

CO2 storage – Physical and chemical processes focuses on the basic thermodynamics and reaction kinetics of CO2 storage as well as the thermodynamics of CO2 and relations with other basin fluids: formation water, hydrocarbons, sulfur gases a.o. Equations of state and fluid phase equilibria as well as prediction of fluid properties (density, viscosity, a.o.) is reviewed in relationship to burial history and post-depositional consequences for reservoir and cap rock properties of CO2 storage. Furthermore, the course will cover:

  • multiphase flow and trapping mechanisms
  • fluid-rock interaction caused by CO2, especially geochemical and geomechanical responses
  • modeling of geochemical reactions
  • case studies modeling of CO2 injection and storage migration
  • stress conditions, deformation, fracturing and fault-reactivation.

Learning outcome

To give MSc students an understanding of the physical and geochemical constrains of subsurface sedimentary systems affected by injection of CO2.

Give the theoretical basis for multiphase fluid transport and geochemical and geomechanical consequences. This is required in order to quantify and simulate the main interactions and short and long-term effects of CO2 storage. Finally to give the students practical skills in fluid-flow and geochemical simulations.

Knowledge aims:

  • Be able to identify and define the major processes and reactions taking place during geological CO2 storage
  • Be able to describe and quantify these processes separately and in concert

Level of skills:

After finishing the course, the MSc student should be able to

  • calculate fluid phase boundaries of relevance for CO2 injection and storage
  • perform computer simulations of equilibrium and kinetic reactions caused by CO2 injection
  • perform simple computer simulations of multiphase fluid-flow.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Basic training in chemistry and physics; KJM1100 – General chemistry (continued)FYS1000 – Physics- the foundation of natural sciences and medicine (continued) or similar courses.

Recommended previous knowledge

Physical chemistry/chemical thermodynamics in addition to general knowledge in physics and geosciences.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO9910 – CO2 storage - Physical and chemical processes (continued)


The intensive course is over two weeks in the fall semester with regular lectures and computer modeling exercises. A literature case study is to be presented during lectures and an individual modeling project is to be submitted as a report.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


The individual project report counts 50%, final written or oral exam 50%.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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