Happy Birthday Sleipner!


By Tim Dixon

18 November 2016

 A Discussion Panel was organised to celebrate the 20 years of successful injection by Statoil at Sleipner, and how best to transfer knowledge globally. Statoil have been doing a good job over the years of sharing their seismic data (via IEAGHG) and other monitoring results at IEAGHG and other meetings, with very many papers published also.

So the world has benefited a lot from the experiences and data from Sleipner and from Snovit. The learning continues in new ways! I discovered that the Norwegian government has transposed the EU’s CCS Directive into Norwegian law in 2014, and then went through a permitting exercise for both Sleipner and Snovit in 2016. Both passed and were permitted, with some additional monitoring requirements. We look forward to learning more on the application of the CCS Directive to two more projects (ROAD was the first).

We also learnt about the considerable exercise on storage assessments by geological organisations in East and South East Asia in the CCOP CCS-M initiative, as presented by Sim Caluyong the project coordinator. This involves many countries in the region, showing case studies for Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and the work towards a pilot injection (onshore) in Indonesia at the Gundih gas field.

The growing interest of Nigeria was also noted, arising from the Offshore Workshop held in Austin earlier this year (see IEAGHG report). The value of being able to re-use existing oil and gas infrastructure was emphasised.

Tip Meckel described the global offshore storage potential, some specific regional geological examples, and the scale-up challenges for the scale of global deployment required, hence the need for offshore storage as well as onshore.

Questions were posed to the panel and audience on how best to transfer knowledge, such as by workshops and by capacity building efforts for developing countries which could be funded by the UNFCCC’s CTCN and other such bodies. Questions were also posed from around the world on tectonic settings, and on cost savings from Sleipner and Snovit.

At the end, written comments were collected from the audience on the importance of Sleipner, and included:

“A very good project”

Happy Birthday Sleipner”

“Hopefully it motivates the other 999 projects we need!”

Thank you Sleipner! Named after an eight-legged horse in Norse mythology, it’s benefits continue to gallop around the world.

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