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Pan-Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum

It was a privilege to be invited to present to the first Pan-Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states, which are home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 31 of t...
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Ralph Keeling at the Oxford Climate Society

  You are all familiar with the Keeling Curve of CO 2 measurements in the atmosphere. Well when Ralph Keeling comes to town you want to meet him. Ralph is the son of Charles Keeling, who started the measurements in 1958 and who the graph is named after. Ralph continues his father's work. He is a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanogr...
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Developing Environmental Monitoring for Offshore CO2 Storage Projects - One experiment, two ships, lots of measurements means the North Sea in May will be an exciting place!

The STEMM-CCS project held its third 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 Centre (NOC...
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GHGT-14 Closing Panel “A New Narrative”

GHGT-14 was brought to a close on Thursday 26 th Oct with a final panel to discuss 'The CCS Narrative'. The panel consisted of: the chair Gabrielle Walker – Author & Consultant, Xynteo; Bill Spence – Representing OGCI; Fiona Wild – Vice President Sustainability and Climate Change at BHP; Keith Whiriskey – Bellona; Tony Wood – Grattan Institute....
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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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Learnings from Boundary Dam applied to Shand power station

  During GHGT-14, we had several presentations from the International CCS Knowledge Centre. The attendees had the opportunity to know more about the Shand SaskPower's power station and how the learnings from BD3 are being applied in the capture and storage systems design. Brent Jacobs presented the Shand coal fired power plant integrating the ...
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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: Otway Site Visit

The close of the GHGT-14 conference, held in October in Melbourne, presented an excellent opportunity to visit the Otway test facility operated by CO2CRC.The site, which is approximately 245 km (~152 miles) from Melbourne, was visited on two consecutive days by conference delegates who were given guided tours and background briefing on CO2CRC's act...
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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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GHGT-14. From Projects to Infinity

Jointly chaired by the IEAGHG's Tim Dixon and the International Knowledge Centre's Mike Monea, the panellists in this session discussed examples of shared learnings from operational large-scale CCS projects and reflected how these learnings could bring closer the construction of yet more CCS plants. On the panel were Corwyn Bruce and Beth Hardy to ...
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GHGT-14. Wednesday’s Plenary

  Anthony Ku of China Energy's RD&D arm, the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy (NICE), opened Wednesday's plenary with a presentation on "Paths to affordable deployment of CCUS in China". China Energy was formed last year by a merger of Shenhua and China Guodian, making it the world's largest power company. Mr Ku described ...
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GHGT-14. Opening Plenary

Following welcome addresses from an auspicious array of local and national dignitaries – David Byers, Tim Finnegan, Kelly Thambimuthu, Richard Bolt and James Johnson – the long-awaited and keenly-anticipated GHGT-14 was finally underway. The Opening Plenary began. Thelma Krug, IPCC Vice-Chair, was first to the podium where she provided insights on ...
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Panel Discussion 2: Unlocking CCUS Investment

On Day 2 of the GTGT-14 Conference in Melbourne, the second panel discussion covered the important topic of unlocking CCUS Investment. The distinguished panel, chaired by Samantha McCulloch from the IEA, included representatives from the US Department of Energy, Shell, Total and the World Bank. Samantha set the scene by explaining how the IEA's cli...
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GHGT-14 Session 1D – Negative Emissions (1) & IPCC 1.5

GHGT-14 kicked off this morning with one of the keynotes giving the delegates an overview of the recently published IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR1.5). The presentation was delivered by none other than the IPCC's Vice Chair, Dr Thelma Krug. Dr Krug first presented the statistics of the report, which was prepared by 91 authors an...
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New IEAGHG Technical Review; 2018-TR03 Cost of CO2 capture in the industrial sector: cement and iron and steel industries

Several studies on the technical and economic feasibility of carbon capture technologies in the cement and iron and steel sectors have been published. However, most of those do not contain detailed information on the cost methodology and/or the data and assumptions underlying the analysis. Transparent communication of cost of CO 2 capture systems i...
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Update on National Carbon Capture Center (FE0022596)

Tony Wu presented recently in the NETL CO 2 capture review meeting in Pittsburgh (August, 2018) the activities in the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC). Between 2014 and 2020, the DOE and industrial sponsors will invest $187.5 million to cut down costs on CO 2 capture through R&D activities. The main advantages of those testing facilities a...
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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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2018 NETL CO2 Capture Technology Project Review Meeting

Once again, I had the pleasure to attend the 2018 NETL CO 2 Capture Technology Project Review Meeting, which took place in Pittsburgh from the 13 th to the 17 th August. This event was packed with the last advances made in the NETL funded projects. Please see the following information papers containing further information: ​ 2018-IP29; 2018 NE...
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Previous Trends in Global GHG Emissions Reversed in 2017

BP's 67 th Annual Statistical Review, which came out in June 2018, reports that in 2017 energy markets took a step backwards which is not good news. For the first time in three years, CO 2 emissions rose again and global carbon emissions from energy consumption increased by 1.6%. Global primary energy consumption grew at 2.2% in 2017, the fast...
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