About the Partnership

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is the key technology option to manage carbon emissions while allowing the full range of economic and societal benefits derived from fossil fuels. The PCOR (Plains CO2 Reduction) Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the North Dakota Industrial Commission, and participating member organizations, is fostering the deployment of CCUS in the PCOR Partnership region. The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) leads the PCOR Partnership Initiative, with support from the University of Wyoming and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

The PCOR Partnership is addressing regional capture, transport, use, and storage challenges facing commercial CCUS deployment by focusing on:

  • Strengthening the technical foundation for geologic CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery.
  • Advancing capture technology.
  • Improving application of monitoring technologies.
  • Promoting integration between capture, transportation, use, and storage industries.
  • Facilitating regulatory frameworks.
  • Providing scientific support to policy makers.

Commercial Demonstration Phase (2007-2019)

The Phase III program focused on implementing commercial-scale geologic carbon sequestration demonstration projects in the region.

Validation Phase (2005-2009)

In Phase II, the PCOR Partnership completed four small-scale field validation tests. These field projects were designed to build the core of local technical expertise and experience needed to facilitate future large-scale CO2 sequestration efforts in the region.

Characterization Phase (2003-2005)

In Phase I of the program, work focused on characterizing more than 900 major stationary sources of CO2 as well as the geologic storage layers suitable for CO2 storage in the PCOR Partnership.

Membership in the PCOR Partnership provides unique opportunities to develop working relationships with stakeholders that represent a diverse cross section of CO2 producers, end users, environmental groups, and regulators. Become a partner!