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Ketzin Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Lead: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Ketzin partners

Location: Ketzin, Germany

Start Date: June 2008

End Date: August 2013

Size: Total 67 kt CO2

CO2 Source: Hydrogen production and oxy fuel pilot plant (Schwarze Pumpe)

Storage: Sandstone reservoir (~630 m)

Scale up: None


Monitoring CO2 in the subsurface and feasibility of sequestration. To provide information for future policy making in EU.


The Ketzin test site was the first European on-shore CO2 storage project. Ketzin is a small town west of Berlin and this is a showcase for European onshore carbon storage. The project started in 2004. The drilling of three injection wells was completed in 2007. Injection started in June 2008. The CO2 injection ended, as scheduled on August 29, 2013 with 67,271 tons of CO2 successfully stored in the reservoir.

After successful completion of the active injection and the monitoring phase, the project will enter the final project phase termed COMPLETE and will abandon all wellbores of the pilot site. 

Project Link: Ketzin Project website

Technical Papers:

Prevedel, B, S Martens, B Norden, J Henninges, B M Freifeld, Drilling and Abandonment Preparation of CO2 storage wells – Experience from the Ketzin pilot site, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6067-6078, (2014) <Link to PDF>

Möller, F, A Liebscher, S Martens, C Schmidt-Hattenberger, M Streibel, Injection of CO2 at Ambient Temperature Conditions – Pressure and Temperature Results of the “cold injection” Experiment at the Ketzin Pilot Site, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6289-6297, (2014) <Link to PDF>

Streibel, M, R J Finley, S Martens, S Greenberg, F Möller, A Liebscher, From Pilot to Demo Scale – Comparing Ketzin results with the Illinois Basin-decatur Project, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6323-6334, (2014) <Link to PDF>

Other Sources and Press Releases:

CO2 geological storage project enters final phase (July 2015)
Researchers investigate suitability of rocks for storing CO2 (September 2009)
German test facility starts injection CO2 (June 2008)
Aims of Ketzin Sequestration project (June 2007)
RWE Ketzin's background