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AAPG Europe Workshop in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Chaired by Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
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Carbon Capture and Storage - The Thousand Fold Challenge

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an energy transition and negative emissions technology storing CO2 directly in geological formations. Used properly, CCS will enable high-energy industries and high heat and emissions industries time to develop low carbon alternatives to burning coal, oil or gas. It will also provide a storage solution for upcoming concepts like Biofuel Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) and Direct Air Capture (DAC) which aim to reverse carbon emissions. However, capturing carbon and geostoring is energy intensive and hence has a cost. First generation capture technology, retrofitted to conventional power stations in which CO2 emerges as dilute, low-pressure flue gas pay a 30% to 60% energy penalty for the capture and burial of the CO2. This penalty will reduce with new generation capture, especially when fitted to pre-combustion or oxy-fuel power stations and other industrial plants but it will never be zero.

Currently, humanity releases to the atmosphere about 36 billion tonnes of CO2 per year but only captures and geostores about one ten thousandth of the annual emission. And yet CCS is being relied upon to capture up to one seventh of the annual emissions; a thousand fold increase is required. Geostorage of CO2 is no more a technical challenge than producing petroleum and the petroleum industry has already demonstrated this in CO2 enhanced oil recovery, a process that was first tried in Hungary back in the 1950s and which today sees in excess of 50 million tonnes of CO2 injected into oilfields each year.

Although the technical risk is small, the “carbon chain” risk is large in that successful storage requires so many sectors to agree a plan from the emitter, the capturer, the transporter, the storer and finally the guardian to ensure the CO2 doesn’t leak. Finance is also challenging. Who pays?

This workshop welcomes contributions from all sectors including but not limited to: Oil, Gas, Coal, Power, Capture, Transport and Construction companies. Contributions from policy makers and economists are also welcome. And finally, contributions from CO2 hub developers are especially welcome.

The aim of this conference is to explore how best to scale up a thousand fold geostorage of CO2. Prospective contributors should consider one or more of the following questions in preparation of their submission:

  • What technology do we have right now?
  • What technical challenges are left and how do we fix them?
  • What needs to happen to meet the thousand fold challenge?
  • Who pays for carbon storage?

The virtual workshop will be over four days, three speakers per day followed by a Q and A session. Each day will cover a specific topic.

Tuesday 19th January
The CCS Industry – Present and Future
Chair: Jon Gluyas
15:00-15:15 Opening of the CCS Workshop
Jon Gluyas, Durham University, and Sean McQuaid, ERCe Energy
15:15-15:40 Carbon Capture and Storage Introduction
Howard Herzog, MIT
15:40-16:00 Practical Successful Application to The Acorn Project
Alan James, PaleBlue Dot
16:00-16:20 The Role and Value of CCS and GGR: Market Creation
Nial Mac Dowell, Imperial College London
16:20-17:00 Q&A
Moderators: Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
Speakers: Howard Herzog, Alan James and Nial Mac Dowell
Wednesday 20th January
C0₂ Storage and Injectivity
Chair: Sean McQuaid
15:00-15:15 Opening from Keynote Speaker
15:15-15:40 Storage Reserves Categorisation
Scott Frailey, Illinois State Geological Survey, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
15:40-16:00 Exploration for CCS resources
Alex Bump, University of Texas
16:00-16:20 A Paradigm Shift for CO2 Injection Simulations
Kate Evans, Halliburton
16:20-17:00 Q&A
Moderators: Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
Speakers: Scott Frailey, Alex Bump, Kate Evans
Thursday 21st January
C0₂ Monitoring
Chairs: Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
15:00-15:15 Opening from Keynote Speaker
15:15-15:40 Monitoring at Otway
Dr. Hadi Nourollah, Senior Geophysicist at CO2CRC Limited
15:40-16:00 Monitoring of the Life Cycle at the Ketzin Pilot Site
Stefan Lueth and Conny Schmidt Hattenberger, GFZ Potsdam
16:00-16:20 Passive and Continuos Monitoring Using MUON Tomography
Jon Gluyas, Durham University
16:20-16:40 Environmental Monitoring
Katherine Romanak, The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology
16:40-17:20 Q&A
Moderator: Jon Gluyas
Speakers: Hadi Nourollah, Stefan Lueth, Conny Schmidt Hattenberger, Katherine Romanak
Friday 22nd January
How to Make CCS Work in the 2020’s
Chairs: Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
15:00-15:15 Opening from Keynote Speaker
15:15-15:40 The Role and Value of CCS and GGR: Market Creation
Dr. Mai Bui, Imperial College London
15:40-16:00 Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth
Richard Norris, Pandreco Energy Advisor
16:00-16:20 Making Monitoring Commercial
Susan Hovorka, Senior research scientist at Gulf Coast Carbon Center, BEG, JSG, Univ. Texas at Austin
16:20-17:00 Q&A
Moderators: Jon Gluyas and Sean McQuaid
Speakers: Dr Mai Bui, Richard Norris, Susan Hovorka

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