26th May, 2022

STRYDE, Illinois State Geological Survey, Projeo, and Explor join forces to deliver seismic for CCUS CarbonSAFE project in Illinois

Affordable, small, and lightweight Nodal seismic technology together with Explor’s IntelliSeis methodology transforms the economics of CCUS project development and operation.

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Explor is deploying over 20,000 STRYDE Nodes™ to enable high-density 3D imaging for a CCUS project in Gibson City, Illinois, USA for Projeo Corporation. The US Department of Energy funded CarbonSAFE project is being led by the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Affordable, small, and lightweight Nodal seismic technology together with Explor’s IntelliSeis methodology transforms the economics of CCUS project development and operation.

STRYDE, a pioneering seismic technology provider, has deployed its Nodal land seismic acquisition system for Projeo Corporation on another Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project in Gibson City, Illinois, U.S. as part of the Illinois State Geological Survey’s CarbonSAFE Illinois Storage Corridor project.

Over 20,000 STRYDE Nodes™ are being deployed by seismic technology company Explor, coupled with ~8,000 vibroseis source points acquired using the ISSNTM methodology developed and trademarked by bp, ensuring high-density seismic is delivered at a significantly reduced price point for this geological sub-surface imaging project.

This new 3D project, which covers about 8 square miles, will deliver a trace density of 20 million traces per square mile and follows a series of successful high-density 2D lines acquired by Projeo in the same area during 2021 using the STRYDE Nodal system.

CCUS is set to play a vital role in the energy transition, permanently locking away carbon produced from energy and industries that can’t avoid emissions. Seismic data acquisition is a cornerstone of evaluating potential CCUS sites, identifying optimum injection locations, and later, post-injection, periodically confirming that CO2 is being safely and permanently stored in the subsurface. However, despite the strong technical fit for CCUS, until STRYDE was released to the market and deployed with agile solutions such as Explor’s IntelliSeis methodology, the high price for seismic surveys with conventional equipment had been a barrier to its uptake for CCUS projects.

STRYDE’s Nodal system was originally developed in the oil and gas industry, where it has been rapidly adopted by the market for exploration and reservoir development projects globally. The same technology enables users in any industry, including those without the financial resources of oil and gas, to acquire high-quality seismic data at an affordable price point. This has led to the company seeing a similar global uptake of their disruptive technology in industries such as CCUS, geothermal, and mining. In addition to delivering higher data quality at a lower price, the STRYDE system also reduces the environmental impact of land seismic and reduces Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) risk when compared to competing products.

Nick Malkewicz, President of Projeo Corporation said, "Projeo enables the rapid and responsible adoption of emerging technologies in decarbonized energy systems, and our recent experience using the system with STRYDE and Explor at the Gibson City CarbonSAFE site delivered valuable data. Further exploration of the subsurface will provide additional insight on the ability to store CO2 at commercial scale in these geologic formations. Performing work that can help with expansion of CCUS capacity to minimise emissions is critical, and we are glad to be involved in this effort."

Dr. Steve Whittaker, Director of Energy and Minerals at the Illinois State Geological Survey said, “The ISGS is looking forward to integrating these 3D survey datasets into our site characterisation workflow to advance CCS projects. The speed of deployment of the STRYDE Nodes™ by the Explor team and density of data has us excited about this acquisition methodology.“

Mike Popham, CEO at STRYDE said

"STRYDE continues to demonstrate our commitment to do whatever we can to accelerate the uptake of onshore CCUS globally, as this exciting new project illustrates. CCUS is an area that we are extremely passionate about – we believe that it is a crucial component of the world’s shift to a lower-carbon framework. For CCUS projects to be successful, operators need a deep understanding of a site’s underlying geology, and then subsequently, post-injection, they require low cost, effective repeat monitoring to confirm that injected CO2 is remaining safely in the subsurface. STRYDE’s technology provides a highly effective, affordable, and proven solution to both of these challenges."

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