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Council for Geoscience (CGS) 2024 Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Workshop, South Africa

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In the face of global climate change, South Africa stands at a critical juncture. With an economy heavily reliant on coal, the country is exploring sustainable pathways to reduce carbon emissions. One promising avenue for the country is CCS technology. Further, the potential conversion of coal to hydrogen presents an intriguing opportunity for Sout...

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Prospective integration of Geothermal Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Keeping climate goals on track will demand a plethora of initiatives. Combining and integrating technologies is therefore a seemingly attractive proposition. In this study, conducted for IEAGHG by BRGM, the goal was to explore the potential of utilising geothermal heat resources combined with some form of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CC...

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Sharing CO2 data with the world

CO2DataShare is a free at the point of use datasharing platform which allows access to data from four CO2 storage projects in two countries. The intent is that these datasets can be used in the research and development of CO2 storage projects and upskilling of future CCS specialists.With ambitions to expand the range and number of datasets, the CO2...

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G20 International Seminar on CCUS, Bengaluru

India has the presidency of the G20 this year, and has moved quickly to hold energy-related meetings to work towards new agreements and initiatives to be agreed by G20 leaders later in the year. On behalf of India, the Ministry of Power and NTPC organised a seminar on CCUS, held as a parallel event to the G20 Energy Transitions Working Group on Sun...

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New IEAGHG Technical Report: Prime Solvent candidates for next generation of post-combustion CO2 capture plants

Research, development, demonstration, and deployment of advanced solvents is at the forefront of decarbonising the fossil fuel combustion sectors with the aim of making solvent-based CO2 capture more competitive in a net zero economy.Considering the extensive research in solvent design and development, a rapid and reliable screening protocol is imp...

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Achieving Net Zero Conference, Oxford

I attended parts of the Achieving Net Zero Conference in Oxford which ran over 9-11 September 2019. It was organised by the Environmental Change Institute and Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, and co-hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The conference aimed to "explore the social, political, ethical, ecolog...

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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 CO2 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 Oceanograp...

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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 CO2 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 26th 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 13th 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 CO2 export which would remove ...

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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 CO2 test injection site near the town of Wandoan, approximately 400km north west of Brisbane, Queensland. The CO2 injection at Glenhaven is proposed to take place in the deep precipice sandstone formation around 1.2km underground. T...

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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 p...

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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 t...

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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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