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This report develops scenarios for CO2 storage development in the Southern North Sea Basin to compare first-come, first-served and managed approaches to CO2 storage site licensing. The report describes the benefits and consequences of these broad strategies for the pore space owner and the operator, and considers current approached to managing offshore and onshore storage resources (in a range of jurisdictions).

This IEAGHG study was funded by the Global CCS Institute and contracted out to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The report details potential sub-surface pressure increases and brine displacement as a result of CO2 injection; UK policy and regulations for CO2 storage development; potential surface and subsurface interactions between two theoretical case studies in the UK; CO2 storage permitting in the Netherlands; CO2 storage in Australia; the role of CO2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Texas, USA; and managing the pore space in Alberta, Canada.

Key Messages from the Report