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IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme

28-29 June 2023 - Edinburgh, Scotland

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Theme: Well integrity and risk management in a CCS project



Venue: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh - view the site map here



Agenda Outline:


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Tuesday 27 June

Registration and Welcome Reception: drinks and canapes at the Lyell Centre with a tour of the research facilities (33 on site map), Heriot Watt 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 28 June

Presentations, at the Postgraduate Centre (18 on the site map), 08:30 – 17:45


Conference Dinner at The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 19:00-22:00. Buses depart Heriot Watt at 18:30 and return ~22:30.

Thursday 29 June

Presentations, at the Postgraduate Centre, 09:00 – 17:00

Friday 30 June    

Excursion (optional), walking tour of Arthurs Seat and gin and whisky tour at the Holyrood Distillery.


The technical sessions will run broadly as follows (subject to change)


Session 1:            Risk management of legacy wells in a CSS project – An industry perspective

Session 2:            How to identify, evaluate and abandon well bores for the future?

Session 3:            Long term well integrity – performance and risk assessment

Session 4:            Well materials and testing

Session 5:            Monitoring - strategies, cost, instrumentation

Session 6:            Quantification and impact of CO2 leakage

Session 7:            Communicating well related risks to regulators and other stakeholders - Panel Discussion

Session 8:            Conclusions and Recommendations






Delegates of the meeting will have the opportunity to go on an excursion on Friday 30th June.


We will start the day with a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s iconic Arthurs Seat in Holyrood park. A coach will take delegates from Heriot Watt to the very heart of the city and the base of the long extinct volcano which boasts unrivalled views of the city and surrounding Pentland Hills and the Firth of Forth. We will spend two hours with an expert guide who will take us on a tour back in time to talk about the origins of the urban mountain, how the landscape was formed, the human history and the wildlife habitats of today. 


You will then have the opportunity to explore Edinburgh and enjoy one of the many wonderful eateries available for lunch before reconvening to embark on a Whisky and Gin Tour at the Holyrood Distillery.  Established in 2019- - this new kid on the block is not bound by tradition – making whisky and gin using innovative new methods and ideas. On this tour you will get a hands on look at both the gin and whisky production areas, with drinks and sampling throughout.


Our coach will then return us to the Heriot Watt campus, with a drop off to the airport available on request. Please note there is a maximum of 50 spaces on the excursion.



For convenience there are a couple of on-site options for delegates:

  • Business suite rooms (on a first come first served basis) – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting IEAGHG 2023.
    • £70 single occupancy bed and breakfast per night.
    • £90 double occupancy bed and breakfast per night.
  • Marriott Hotel – COURTYARD EDINBURGH WEST 2 Research Avenue South, Edinburgh, EH14 4BA. Click here for bookings.



Heriot Watt is well served for public transport and is close to Edinburgh Airport. Please click here for options.