Reporting from the Fourth EAGE CO2 Geological Storage Workshop in Stavanger, Norway, April 2014

Written by Chiara Aruffo from Technische Universität Darmstadt who very kindly agreed to write a report on the event for us! And thank you to EAGE for the photos used here
 

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The first day of the workshop was opened by a keynote speech from Phillip Ringrose, vice-president of EAGE, who talked about the large-scale CO2 storage projects and which are the challenges that the scientific community need to face to make them work, also from an economic point of view. The morning session, held in plenum, focused on demonstrating capacity and containment,. The Norwegian scientific community provided a great amount of contribution, presenting CO2 storage sites and atlas from the North Sea. More technical presentations about CO2 injection simulation models concluded the first session of the workshop.

The afternoon session brought the attention on storage reservoir management and utilization, and was opened by a keynote speech from Dag Nummedal who shared ideas about how to make fossil energy more sustainable. The following speakers engaged the audience presenting new models and measurements that can be used during CO2 injection studies.

A one-hour poster session concluded the scientific gathering before the conference dinner held in the Oil Museum of Stavanger, a perfect location for the social event.

The second day of the workshop was held in two separated sessions in order to give the opportunity to more people to present their research.

One of the two morning-sessions focused on assuring storage performance and was opened by the keynote speech from Filip Neele who presented the MiReCOL Project, which has the objective to provide corrective measures for CO2 storage. Techniques for monitoring CO2 storage were presented by the following speakers.

At the same time the parallel session started with a keynote speech by Eva Halland who tried to answer to one of the most common question about managing CO2 storage: are we ready? With this open question in mind, the session continued with field cases presentations.

The two final sessions of the afternoon gave the audience the opportunity to expand the knowledge about the two main topic of the first day: demonstrating capacity and containment and storage reservoir management and utilization.

The discussions arisen from the high-quality presentation given over the two days, focused on the need to improve and increase the communication both internally within the scientific community and externally with politicians and public. It is really valuable to share experiences, opinions and knowledge of the different CO2 storage projects across the world. Acknowledging that climate is actually changing is the starting point to increase the effort in CO2 storage projects. CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage) has been proven in the US a valuable way to not only store CO2, but also use it to enhance oil recovery.

CO2 storage is a challenge from many points of view, scientifically and with respect to public acceptance. It involves science, technology, politics and economics. The main take-away of the workshop is that the level of knowledge is high enough to effectively start CO2 injection project, and scientists need to prove that they are ready to fix problem when they might occur. This message needs to be conveyed properly to both the policy-makers and the public: we are ready!