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Tracking trace gases that may be sequestered alongside carbon dioxide

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WellDog, a company focused on carbon sequestration monitoring, verification and accounting using its established technical products and services, has established a partnership with the University of Queensland, which is funded by a grant from the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research & Development, to expand application of WellDog's technology to track trace gases that may be sequestered alongside carbon dioxide.

The one-year grant, which started in October, supports using WellDog's Raman technology to find the major sensor signatures that are a consequence of trace gas reactions with formation geology.

"We are pleased to see our long-standing partnership with UQ result in this exciting project," said Quentin Morgan, CTO of WellDog. "We are hopeful that it will increase our understanding of how geological formations respond to carbon sequestration and enhance our ability to sequester carbon dioxide in those formations over the long term."

In 2010, the company’s reservoir Raman spectroscopy technology was shown to monitor carbon dioxide sequestered in the Pump Canyon of New Mexico. The company has also used that technology to conduct a variety of studies on naturally occurring carbon dioxide in coals.

It has also used its complementary flow testing technologies to measure the permeability and flow characteristics of underground formations.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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