Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny, Państwowy Instytut Badawczy), 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 is also the 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.
PGI-NRI has coordinated the National Programme “Assessment of formations and structures suitable for safe CO2 geological storage including monitoring plans” (2008-2012/13 - just finished; six domestic partners). The programme goals were to provide information necessary for future permits on exploration of CO2 storage sites all over the country and characterize selected storage sites using archive data and laboratory analyzes on drill core samples. The project also included several studies on pilot CO2 injection. The respective research/injection permit was granted by Ministry of Environment in central Poland (2011 - sandstone Jurassic aquifer; the site was close to the planned storage site of the demo project) but the project was then cancelled, and now a new pilot injection project in southern Poland, in cooperation with TAURON, CMI/GIG and AGH-UST, is considered. PGI has provided expertise (on storage) to the first Polish demo project Bełchatów, the formerly planned CCS demo project Kędzierzyn as well as to other studies ordered by Polish energy companies (“CCS ready” prefeasibility studies).