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COP24 Side-event on CCS

IEAGHG was lead organiser of the only UNFCCC Side-event at COP24 on CCS, in collaboration with the University of Texas, International CCS Knowledge Centre, Bellona and CCSA. Held on the 6th December, the event was titled " Can Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) decarbonise industry in developed and developing countries? ". Being the only UNFCCC Side-...
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COP24 Katowice Starts

COP24 is starting in Katowice, Poland. The pre-set objectives for this COP are to agree and finalise the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), also referred to as the 'Rulebook' for the Paris Agreement, these are the governance and frameworks to allow all elements to be implemented from 2020. In addition at this COP, there will be a stocktake of t...
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Slow progress again on ratification of the London Convention’s export amendment for CCS

It is the 40th meeting of the London Convention and the 13 th meeting of the London Protocol this week, the global treaties that protect the marine environment. The detailed work on transboundary CCS was completed in 2012 (see IEAGHG 2013-IP26 and 2014-IP19) but outstanding is the ratification of the 2009 amendment for CO 2 export which would remov...
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Visit to the Glenhaven storage test site of the CTSCo CCS project, Surat Basin, Australia

After GHGT-14 I had the opportunity to visit the storage area of CTSCo's proposed CCS project. The Glenhaven proposed CO 2 test injection site near the town of Wandoan, approximately 400km north west of Brisbane, Queensland. The CO 2 injection at Glenhaven is proposed to take place in the deep precipice sandstone formation around 1.2km underground....
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BHP CCUS Partners Discussions

I participated in the BHP CCUS Partners Discussions workshop the day after GHGT-14. This brought together around 50 senior thought-leaders and experts in CCUS to brainstorm on BHP's future vision and objectives. Scene-setting talks were provided. A global update was given by Brad Page and Alex Zapantis of GCCSI. The workshop heard about a supportiv...
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GHGT-14: Panel Discussion on CCUS in Developing Countries: Current Activities and Future Potential

This Panel Discussion was organised by Brendan Beck, World Bank consultant, and chaired by Brian Allison of UK BEIS. The session had updates from donors and funding agencies such as the UK, Eva Halland of Norway and Natalia Kulichenko-Lotz of the World Bank, and heard from funded project activities in developing countries. Usman Pasarai of LEMIGAS ...
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Machine Learning for CO2 Storage Applications

Bringing techniques and expertise from other disciplines to bear on a new area of application can be important to making step-change advancements in any area, and a recent example was provided at NETL "Mastering the Subsurface" Meeting in Pittsburgh (13-16 Aug 2018). A panel session (with presentations) was devoted to the results of a recent worksh...
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Two synergies for CCUS witnessed at NETL Storage and Capture Meetings in Pittsburgh

It can be wonderful when things coincide to a synergistic benefit. I witnessed two examples this week, one of a practical convenience, the other of game-changing significance. The two annual review meetings of the US DOE's R,D&D programs in CO 2 capture and storage were running in parallel this year in Pittsburgh, enabling attendees to attend p...
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2018 IEAGHG CCS Summer School

Gosh how quickly a week can go by when you are deeply engaged in receiving a lot of information. Well that was how our Summer School felt to us. We were very pleased to have our 12 th International CCS Summer School hosted by the Norwegian CCS Research Centre in Trondheim, with 58 students from 24 countries. Covering all aspects of CCS presented by...
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CCUS at ADB

​ ADB Centres of Excellence Workshop ​ An excellent idea, get some of the growing number of CCUS Centres of Excellence (CoE) around the world together to share strengths, best practices, and expertise. This was the idea of the Asian Development Bank who are funding several Centres of Excellence in the Asian region, and supported by UK BEIS they org...
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Clean Energy Ministerial Launches CCUS Initiative: “A second birth for CCUS”

Yesterday in Copenhagen saw the launch of a new initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). To mark the launch, a Side-event was held. This brought together governments and industry to discuss strategic public-private partnerships to encourage deployment of CCUS. Terje Soviknes, Minister of...
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Mission Innovation Carbon Capture Challenge

The report of the experts workshop was launched yesterday in conjunction with a high level round-table at the Ministerial meeting of Mission Innovation in Malmo, Sweden. This substantial report (nearly 300 pages) sets out thirty 'priority research directions' for advancing the performance and reducing the costs of CO 2 capture, utilisation and stor...
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3rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS

The 3 rd International Workshop on Offshore CCS took place on 3-4 May, organised by the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) in collaboration with IEAGHG and others, and hosted by the Research Council of Norway in Oslo, with support from SANEDI and CSLF. The aim of the workshop series is to facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences among those wh...
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US-Norway Collaboration Meeting

The 2018 meeting for the "US-Norway Collaboration on CCS/CCUS" was on 2 May in Oslo. For the first time it was open to observers, inviting those attending the Offshore CCS Workshop which starts the following day (which we are involved in). It was interesting to get sight of the collaborations between these two countries which both have great CCUS R...
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CCS : Essential for our future or a Trojan horse for big oil

I was invited to give a talk to a local Green Party meeting who wanted a debate on CCS. This was the Stroud Green Party, Stroud being a town in the scenic Cotswold Hills known for its number of green councillors, independent spirit and high level of environmental awareness. They titled the debate "CCS – Essential for our future or a Trojan horse fo...
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Developing Environmental Monitoring for Offshore CO2 Storage Projects

  The STEMM-CCS project held its second annual meeting last week. This is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project that is developing environmental monitoring to test in-situ at a controlled release of CO 2 in the seabed at the Goldeneye location in the North Sea (see IEAGHG 2017-IP14). The project is coordinated by the UK's National Oceanography Cen...
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Astronauts and Climate Change

  It has struck me when listening to astronauts that very often their concern for the earth's environment is much enhanced after their experiences. Perhaps because of their unique perspective from space looking back at this planet, I guess they see that this bright blue/green planet is a small oasis of life in the vastness of space. This was r...
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Economic Boost for CCS and CCUS in the USA

News came out on 9 February that the US Budget Bill passed by congress and signed by the President into law included "FUTURE Act". This act contains an extension to the US tax credit for CCS and CCUS, known as 45Q. The existing version of 45Q provided a tax credit of $10 per tonne of CO 2 for anthropogenic CO 2 going to enhanced oil recovery, and $...
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Report from UTCCS-4 – a four year review of GCCC achievements

  The University of Texas held their biennial conference on CCUS, UTCCS-4 on the 30-31 January. This conference combines the Texas Carbon Management Program's amine-based capture research, the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's applied research in storage, and the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security program's more fundamental research i...
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CSLF Ministerial in the United Arab Emirates

  The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) meetings in Abu Dhabi, UAE, were held from 4-6 December and concluded with the 7 th CSLF Ministerial Meeting. The CSLF is a government-to-government agreement on developing CCS, it started in 2003 and now has 25 member countries and the European Commission, and consists of a Technical Group, a...
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