PGI-NRI - Panstwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy
Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, founded in 1919, manages multi-disciplinary
research on the geological structure of Poland in order to use the knowledge for purposes of domestic
economy and environmental protection.
Besides research in all fields of modern geology, the Institute fulfils the role of a geological and hydrogeological survey of Poland, securing economic stability to the country in areas of both mineral (including hydrocarbons, conventional and unconventional) and groundwater resources management, environmental monitoring, CCS and geothermal. The Institute cooperates with geological institutions of 30 countries and has recently participated in 25 international projects of EU (e.g. SPBA, IGME 5000), ESA and NATO. PGI-NRI is a member of EuroGeoSurveys since 2002.
PGI-NRI is leading, since 2008, R&D National Programme “Assessment of formations and structures
suitable for safe CO2 geological storage including monitoring plans” ordered by Polish Ministry of Environment where key Polish R&D institutions of related expertise are involved. The programme is to provide to the Ministry information necessary for future permits on exploration of CO2 storage sites all over the country and characterize selected storage sites (case studies, including monitoring plans) using archive data. We cooperate with BGR on the related trans-border issues of the national CGS R&D programmes. PGI-NRI is member of CO2NET, ENeRG networks, is involved in the CGS Task Force of EuroGeoSurveys and has applied for a membership of CO2GeoNet network.
PGI provides R&D geo-science expertise to the first Polish demo project Belchatów (PGE, Alstom, Schlumberger), the second one - Kedzierzyn (PKE&ZAK, FosterWheeler, Shell) and other CCS projects which are being planned as well. It is also involved in planned pilot CO2 injection within Belchatów area.