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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.


  • 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 >>>

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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.

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