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In January 2018, I delivered a week long workshop in Mexico alongside my UKCCSRC colleagues Prof Jon Gibbins, Director of the UKCCSRC, Dr Bruce Adderley, UKCCSRC Executive Manager, Dr Maria Elena Diego De Paz, University of Sheffield and Bill Elliot, Betchel. The purpose of the workshop was to share knowledge about CCS between the UK and Mexico. The Mexican Government are in the process of developing plans for a pilot plant at a natural gas combined cycle power station in Poza Rica. Therefore, much of the workshop was spent looking the UK Peterhead and White Rose Projects and how the learnings from these projects can be fed into planning for the Poza Rica plant. Over the course of the week...Read more
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I was invited to take part in a knowledge-sharing workshop in Mexico by Prof Jon Gibbins, Director of the UKCCSRC, alongside Dr Bruce Adderley, UKCCSRC Executive Manager, Dr Laura Herraiz Palomino, University of Edinburgh and Bill Elliot, Betchel. The initiative was part of the UK government’s commitment to sharing knowledge from UK CCS projects and to learning from other projects around the world. Reducing the cost of CCS deployment is an active research priority, not just in the UK but across the globe, so this was an interesting area of debate during the workshop. The event, which took place in January 2018, came at a pertinent time for Mexico as their Government has recently completed a Pre-Feasibility study into developing...Read more
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Paul Fennell is a UKCCSRC Deputy Director and Professor of Clean Energy at Imperial College London. I promise that in no way was it a judgment on the UKCCSRC that my first act upon us getting the grant was to disappear on sabbatical for a year. Sadly, this also meant that I missed the recent biannual. Camille is doing a (much) better job than I would if I was there, and thanks very much to her for acting as local deputy director. Please feel free to contact her with any complaints over the situation, or me at [email protected] . So – recent events for me… I was fortunate enough to attend Mission Innovation in Houston, which was held despite the...Read more
The value of knowledge sharing within the close-knit international CCS community has been proven by a research paper published this month by SCCS researchers focused on using chemical tracers to monitor for seabed leaks at offshore CCS projects. Our work began in 2013 when I was working on a UKCCSRC-Call 1 funded project together with Dr Mark Naylor and Dr Stuart Gilfillan. The project assessed potential future work at QICS, the world’s first CO 2 release experiment that simulated CO 2 leakage into the marine environment. To inform this, we consulted the CCS community for their thoughts on research priorities for future releases. Dr Linda Stalker, one of the leading experts in using tracers for CCS, responded to the consultation,...Read more

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