Problems of carbon dioxide leakage from geological storage

The article discusses the main problems of carbon dioxide leakage from geological storages and possible solutions to eliminate them. One of the main task of carbon capture and storage technologies, in addition to finding suitable geological reservoirs and injecting carbon dioxide into them, is to ensure the stability of storage facilities and prevent their leakproofness. The risks associated with the destruction of carbon-containing rocks are the reasons for the loss of tightness of potential geological storages. Constant monitoring of the state of boreholes after the process of gas injection and closing with cement mixtures minimizes the risks of CO2 leakage. To retain carbon dioxide by storage rocks, it is proposed to increase the permeability of rocks based on the injection of CO2 under pressure, which requires a deep study of the choice of reservoirs for storage and the issues of their deformation and destruction in the supercritical state. Not only deep salt deposits, depleted oil and gas reservoirs, oil and gas shales, but also undeveloped coal seams are considered as potential geological storages. The ability of shale and coal to absorb and retain carbon dioxide in pores may be the best solution to eliminate CO2 leaks from geological storages.

Keywords: carbon dioxide, injection process, geological storage, rock failure, loss of containment, leakage, carbon capture and storage technology, property change.
For citation:

Kossovich E. L., Andreeva Y. E., Gavrilova D. I., Epshtein S. A., Dobryakova N. N. Problems of carbon dioxide leakage from geological storage. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2022;(12):46-54. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_12_0_46.


The authors acknowledge financial support by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Theme no. 121112200078-7).

Issue number: 12
Year: 2022
Page number: 46-54
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 62-4+62-94+621.6
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2022_12_0_46
Article receipt date: 25.09.2022
Date of review receipt: 28.10.2022
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.11.2022
About authors:

E.L. Kossovich1, Cand. Sci. (Phys. Mathem.), Senior Researcher, e-mail:,
Y.E. Andreeva1, Student, Laboratory Assistant and Investigator,
D.I. Gavrilova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Junior Researcher, e-mail:,
S.A. Epshtein1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Senior Researcher, Head of Laboratory, e-mail:,
N.N. Dobryakova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Researcher,
1 Scientific-Educational Testing Laboratory of Physics and Chemistry of Coals, National University of Science and Technology «MISiS», 119049, Moscow, Russia.


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S.A. Epshtein, e-mail:


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