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Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 2525132, 13 pages
Research Article

Impact of SO2 on Alteration of Reservoir Rock with Ca-Deficient Conditions and Poor Buffering Capacity under a CO2 Geologic Storage Condition

1Center for CO2 Geological Storage, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Daejeon 305-350, Republic of Korea
2Department of Earth Environmental Sciences, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737, Republic of Korea
3Center for Research Facilities, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 600-701, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Byoung-Young Choi

Received 21 September 2017; Accepted 22 January 2018; Published 15 February 2018

Academic Editor: Ferenc Molnar

Copyright © 2018 Jinyoung Park et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of SO2-CO2-water-rock interaction on the alteration of a reservoir rock having Ca-deficient conditions and little buffering capacity and its implication for porosity change near the injection well from a CO2 storage pilot site, Republic of Korea. For our study, three cases of experimental and geochemical modeling were carried out (pure CO2, 0.1% SO2 in CO2, and 1% SO2 in CO2, resp.) under realistic geologic storage conditions. Our results show that SO2 accelerated water-rock interactions by lowering the pH. In the 1% SO2 case, pH remained less than 2 during the experiments because of insufficient buffering capacity. Sulfate minerals were not precipitated because of an insufficient supply of Ca. Because the total volume of precipitated secondary minerals was less than that of the dissolved primary minerals, the porosity of rock increased in all cases. Chlorite largely contributed to the decrease in total rock volume although it formed only 4.8 wt.% of the rock. Our study shows that the coinjection of a certain amount of SO2 at CO2 storage reservoirs without carbonate and Ca-rich minerals can significantly increase the porosity by enhancing water-rock interactions. This procedure can be beneficial to CO2 injection under some conditions.