About the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB)

The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) Program integrates a national, regional, and local team leadership approach at implementing a technical research and development project. Learn more about the SECARB Program and its local project team leaders, the Southern States Energy Board, and the National Energy Technology Laboratory and how each fulfill a different level of project management and oversight to accomplish the goals of the program.

The SECARB Program

SECARB ProgramIn 2003, DOE issued awards initiating seven RCSPs spanning the United States and portions of Canada. The RCSPs currently represent more than 400 organizations, 43 states, and four Canadian provinces. SSEB received one of the Phase I awards on October 1, 2003, which established the Board’s management and administration of the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, or SECARB. The geographical region currently includes 13 states and a network of more than 100 stakeholders.


The SECARB Program is divided into three phases, all three of which are funded by DOE and cost-sharing partners. Phase I (2003-2005) focused on characterizing the geology and potential terrestrial sequestration options in the Southeast, culminating in the development of an action plan for small-scale geologic carbon sequestration field demonstrations.

SECARB recently completed its final year of its Phase II Validation program (2005-2010). The team implemented the action plan from Phase I and validated various technologies with small-scale injections in the field. Phase II includes field tests in four locations.

The 10-year Phase III Development program began in 2007 with a goal to develop an integrated CO2 capture*, transportation, and geologic storage project utilizing post-combustion CO2 captured from a coal-fired power generating facility. Phase III includes two projects. The Early Test, currently underway in Mississippi, will inject at a rate of 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year for 18 months. In August 2009, the team met a milestone of monitoring an injection of more than 1 million tonnes of CO2, the largest volume to date. As of November 2010, the CO2 volume injected is over 3 million tonnes. Information from the Early Test will be applied in Fiscal Year 2011 at the Anthropogenic Test, a fully integrated carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geologic storage project. During the Anthropogenic Test, the SECARB team will inject approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year for three years, with an additional post-injection monitoring and verification period.

As SECARB is a key knowledge sharing network, the Global CCS Institute is helping to share the work from this initiative.