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Wyoming CarbonSaFE

Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project



Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project

The Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project, which stands for Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, is one of thirteen original carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project sites in the U.S. funded by the DOE with the ultimate goal of ensuring carbon storage complexes will be ready for integrated CCUS system deployment. With the advancement of each stage and varying success, fewer sites continued to the subsequent stages. Four of the original thirteen projects have advanced to Phase III, including sites in North Dakota, Alabama, and Illinois. One new project located in New Mexico has joined the program.


Carbonsafe phases - currently in phase 3

  • Wyoming CarbonSAFE Phase I

    Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Pre-Feasibility

    Phase I consisted of a pre-feasibility plan and team assembly. Initial formations investigated included the Muddy, Lakota, Fall River (Dakota Group), Lower Sundance, and Minnelusa Formations, which are overlain by thousands of feet of impermeable rock that would ensure the permanent containment of carbon dioxide fluids in the storage sites.


  • Wyoming CarbonSAFE Phase II

    Commercial Storage Complex Feasibility

    Phase II of the project commenced to assess the storage complex feasibility, with major activities including drilling a test well at the site and conducting a 3-D geophysical survey. The test well was completed at a total depth of 9873 feet and 625 feet of core samples from nine different geological formations were collected for analysis.


  • Wyoming CarbonSAFE Phase III

    Site Characterization and CO2 Capture Assessment

    Phase III project objectives are to finalize site characterization, complete Class VI permitting to construct, integrate Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.’s (MTR) CO2 capture assessment, and conduct National Environmental Policy Act analyses to advance towards commercialization of a large-scale CCUS project at Dry Fork Station.


Wyoming CarbonSAFE - Phase I: Rock Springs Uplift

The Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) was awared a one year prefeasibility study surrounding the Rock Springs Uplift in southwestern Wyoming as part of the DOE’s Carbon Storage Assurance and Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) program. The ultimate goal of the CarbonSAFE program is to safely store 50+ million metric tons of CO2 into a saline geologic storage complex.

The Rock Springs Uplift Project did not not advance to subsequent phase, but much was learned on the project and many discoveries were made possible by this research. LEARN MORE >>>

rock springs uplift


save the date for the carbonSAFE outreach meeting

UW School of Energy Resources to Host Public CarbonSAFE Project Program in Gillette Aug. 3

July 8, 2021 ‖ The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources’ (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) -- along with Basin Electric Power Cooperative -- will host a public outreach meeting at the Integrated Test Center at Dry Fork Station in Gillette at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Pictured: Charles Nye (left) and Ben Flickinger (right) in front of Dry Forks Station

SER Researcher Charles Nye Conducts Collaborative Soil Gas Sampling to Advance Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project

April 9, 2021 ‖ Charles Nye, a Research Scientist at the School of Energy Resources’ (SER) Center of Economic Geology Research (CEGR) spent time in the field during March to install soil gas monitoring systems in an effort to advance the $33.1 million Wyoming CarbonSAFE project. The project, which is in its third phase of development, seeks to determine the feasibility of subsurface carbon storage in the Powder River Basin.

Wyoming CarbonSAFE test site located in Campbell County near Dry Fork Station (Basin Electric)

Wyoming CarbonSAFE Project Enters Phase III

November 4, 2020 ‖ On Oct. 1st, the School of Energy Resource’s (SER) Center for Economic Geology Research (CEGR) at the University of Wyoming officially launched Phase III of the CarbonSAFE project.

Geophysical Survey Next Step in Carbon Storage Study

August 19, 2020 ‖ Work toward a commercial-scale geological carbon dioxide storage complex near Gillette will move to the next stage next week with a geophysical survey covering about nine square miles of rural land around the Dry Fork Station power plant.

UW School of Energy Resources, Basin Electric Carbon Storage Project Advances with $15.2M in Federal Funding

April 23, 2020 ‖ Plans for a commercial-scale geological carbon dioxide storage complex near Gillette have taken a major step forward with its selection for a $15.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

U.S. Fossil Energy Secretary to Visit UW Aug. 23

August 16, 2019 ‖ A top official with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will visit the University of Wyoming next week as part of a trip to the state to get a firsthand look at the state’s investments in fossil energy technology and the mining industry.

bulldozer in dirt area

Drilling Begins on Carbon Storage Test Well Near Gillette

April 12, 2019 ‖ Drilling has begun on a test well near Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette to determine the suitability of the underground geologic formations for commercial carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

Kipp Coddington, Fred McLaughlin, Scott Quillinan and Jessica Western

UW’s Saturday University Focuses on Carbon Capture Research in Northern Wyoming

January 30, 2019 ‖ The University of Wyoming’s carbon capture research in northern Wyoming is the topic of UW’s popular one-day program -- Saturday University -- Saturday, Feb. 23, in Sheridan.

UW Receives Funding for Carbon Storage Feasibility Project

May 25, 2018 ‖ The University of Wyoming has received a $9.77 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to proceed with a project to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex for carbon dioxide (CO2) in Wyoming.

UW Receives DOE Funding for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

November 30, 2016 ‖ The University of Wyoming will receive nearly $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for research aimed at laying the groundwork for two commercial carbon capture and storage projects in Wyoming.

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