The closing keynote session focused on FEED studies in the UK, with presentations on the Peterhead and White Rose CCS Projects.
Owain Tucker (Shell) is the subsurface and wells lead for the Peterhead CCS project. He started the presentation by acknowledging climate change as a reality and the urgency for decarbonisation. He showed Shell involvement with CCS projects, such as Quest, Weyburn, TCM, Otway, Gorgon, and now Peterhead. He recounted that the Peterhead site has evolved over the years – first it was power plant firing oil, then it was converted from oil to a gas-fired station, and in the future it will include CCS. The project current status is in the Front-End Engineering and Design phase (FEED); construction is planned for 2017-18 (takes 30 months), the commissioning for 2019. In terms of transportation, new CO2 pipeline is needed, and the platform has to be updated by replacing piping for CO2. The transported CO2 will be store in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, off the north east coast of Scotland. He concluded with a comprehensive risk assessment of possible migration of the reservoir.
The session ended with great participation from the audience, the speakers and chairman. A concluding personal note is that it was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with CCS fellows and I would like to encourage ECRs to attend one of the next meetings.