CCS Training Course (Sheffield, 5-6 September 2023)

The UKCCSRC hosted its first CCS training course,at the University of Sheffield’s Inox on 5-6th September.  The course was delivered by leading academics and trusted stakeholders in CCS to provide both a high-level overview of the CCS chain exploring specific topics, including CO2 capture, transport, storage, and public perception, as well as parallel sessions in BECCS, DACCS, whole systems, pipeline transport planning and more.

The course was targeted at industry employees new to CCS, employees from the UK governments (Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), devolved governments and other government departments) and regulators, who wanted to increase their knowledge of CCS.

There was also the opportunity for attendees to stay and attend the UKCCSRC Knowledge Exchange Conference on 6-7th September (registrations now closed).

The UKCCSRC is a member of the CPD Certification Service and this course has been CPD certified.

The course, including networking dinner, costs £500.  Bookings are now closed.

Resources from this course are available to attendees only.


Day 1 – Tuesday 5th September 2023

TimeActivitySpeakerMain Topics Covered
11:00-11:30Arrivals and coffee
11:30-12:15CCS for net-zeroProf Mathieu Lucquiaud (University of Sheffield)
  • The carbon budget of the atmosphere
  • CCS in a nutshell
  • CCS across the whole economy
12:15-13:00CCS Public Perception overviewProf David Reiner (University of Cambridge)
  • The drivers of public attitudes towards energy technologies and CCUS in particular
  • A history of UK attitudes towards CCUS as part of a portfolio of decarbonisation options and in international context
  • Case studies that highlight the importance of views towards CCUS in the context of the failure of the second CCUS competition in 2015 and the politics of industrial decarbonisation
13:45-14:30CO2 Capture overviewDr Kyra Sedransk Campbell (University of Sheffield)
14:30-15:15CO2 Storage overview CO2Prof Stuart Haszeldine (University of Edinburgh)
15:45-16:30Transport overviewProf Julia Race (University of Strathclyde)
  • CO2 transport options – operational experience
  • Pipeline transportation of CO2 – an introduction to the key design requirements for a pipeline network
  • Ship transportation of CO2 – an introduction to the role of ship transportation and infrastructure requirements
(parallel sessions)
CO2 transport systems planningJames Watt (WSP)
Post-combustion capture: details and status from BAT reviewsProf Jon Gibbins (University of Sheffield) &
Bill Elliott (Bechtel)
  • Most widely-proposed technology for UK capture projects
  • Basic technology has long history, but new challenges for UK CCS deployment
  • Simple precautions can greatly reduce technology risk for initial projects
Storage mega-projects and giga-basinsDr Andrew Cavanagh (University of Edinburgh)
  • How technical demonstration projects prepare the ground for business case demonstrations
  • How existing megatonne projects will lead to gigatonne storage within decades
  • Where the emerging gigatonne storage hubs are located and why
17:05-17:30Closing Q&A and attendee-led discussion
17:30-19:30Networking hot buffet dinner and drinks reception

Day 2 – Wednesday 6th September 2023


TimeActivitySpeakerMain Topics Covered
09:00-09:30Arrivals and coffee
(parallel sessions)
Industry experience of CO2 storageDr Owain Tucker (Shell)
  • There has been significant activity in CCS round the world for two decades, why is the CO2 still going up the stack?
  • What are the dilemmas faced by companies as they pursue CCS?
  • What are the characteristics of successful projects?
Whole systems role for CCSDr Mai Bui (Imperial College London)
  • Using a suite of system models, we will demonstrate the role of CCS for a variety of potential applications, including delivering low carbon heat, power and fuels, decarbonising industry and CO2 removal from the atmospheric e.g., bioenergy with CCS and direct air capture
  • These tools allow us to explore the influence of various uncertainties, decisions, and policies to identify robust and efficient net zero energy system transitions, accounting for region-specific factors
  • We will develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges over the course of the next decade, giving a balanced perspective on the scientific, policy and commercial priorities
BECCS and DACCS technologyDr Abby Samson (University of Sheffield)
  • The need for negative emissions
  • BECCS “in a nutshell” – pun intended!
  • DACCS – a solution for decentralised and smaller emitters
10:05-10:30Financing CCSEmily Sidhu (UK Infrastructure Bank)
  • Financing approaches for CCS projects
  • Overview of current UK CCS financing landscape including business model support from UK government
  • Main financing challenges for UK CCS projects and mitigations
10:30-11:00Regulatory and permitting issuesLee Mills (Natural Resources Wales)
  • What the legislative framework looks like for CCS/CCUS in the UK from a regulator’s perspective
  • Overview of permitting process
  • What are the challenges in relation to CCS/CCUS for regulators and operators?
11:00-11:30Closing Q&A and attendee-led discussion
11:30 onwardsUKCCSRC Knowledge Exchange Conference registration

Speaker biographies (A-Z)

Mai Bui, Swansea University

Dr Mai Bui is a Senior Research Associate at Imperial College London and works as a Senior Research and Insight Manager at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) for the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge. Mai has over 12 years of research experience on CCS, and provides her expertise to clients in the private and public sectors as a consultant. She has first-hand experience in designing experimental test campaigns at pilot and demonstration CO2 capture plants, conducting tests at CSIRO’s Loy Yang pilot plant in Australia and Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway. She has published 32 papers, 5 technical reports, book chapters and co-edited two books on “Carbon Capture and Storage” and “Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies”. In 2021, Mai and her co-authors were awarded Junior Moulton Medal by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for their research on CCS.

Andrew Cavanagh, University of Edinburgh

Andrew holds a degree in geology and a PhD in petroleum systems analysis from Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and has over 20 years of experience in storage analysis and advocacy. Since 2018 he has worked at Edinburgh University as a researcher, where he has led projects on storage and net zero readiness, including recent European reviews of hydrogen and CO2 storage.

Andrew advises on site selection and development for CO2 and hydrogen storage, and develops evidence based SCCS policy positions, translating these into consultation responses, committee evidence and media releases. Andrew engages with stakeholders from industry groups, public bodies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to build support for CCS in Scotland and across Europe. He advises on technical storage issues and net zero policy, including greenhouse gas reduction and removal, CCUS and hydrogen storage, and net zero pathways.

Jon Gibbins, University of Sheffield and UKCCSRC

Jon Gibbins is Professor of CCS at the University of Sheffield and director of the UK CCS Research Community Network+.  He has worked on energy engineering, fuel conversion and CCS for 45 years, initially in industry and then as a university academic.  Since 2002 Jon has been heavily involved in CCS activities, working on post-combustion capture and its effective integration and, through the UKCCSRC, helping to start now-mainstream UK initiatives on industrial decarbonisation (2012) and CCS clusters (2016). His personal research activities now centre around practical aspects of CCS deployment, with an emphasis on policy and economic requirements plus detailed analysis of matching capture plant designs to market conditions, supported in particular by the facilities at the Translational Energy Research Centre in Sheffield.  He is active in reviewing Best Available Technology (BAT) status for CO2 capture technologies and is also a Vice Chair of the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems, specialising in CCS.

Stuart Haszeldine, UKCCSRC and University of Edinburgh

As Professor for CCS at the University of Edinburgh, Stuart has created the UK’s largest University group examining CO2 storage geology. He has over 40 years research experience in energy, innovating new approaches to oil and gas, radioactive waste, carbon capture and storage, and biochar. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002 for research on radioactive waste disposal, awarded the Geological Society William Smith Medal in 2011 for work on the geochemistry of oil and gas field reservoir quality, appointed OBE in 2012 for service to climate change technologies, and in 2021 he was appointed Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also the Director of SCCS.

Mathieu Lucquiaud, University of Sheffield

Mathieu Lucquiaud is Professor of Clean Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has a first degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA Lyon, France ) in 2004 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK in 2010. He joined the University of Sheffield in 2022, after 12 years in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh where he was a post-doctoral Research Associate (2010), Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow (2012), Senior Lecturer (2016) and Reader (2019).

In 2018, Mathieu launched the first Massive Open Online Course on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to increase awareness and understanding of the key role of CCS towards climate change mitigation. The course has now been taken by over 25,000 people in over 150 countries.

Lee Mills, Natural Resources Wales

Lee Mills has been a part of the Natural Resources Wales family for five years working in regulation, project management and his current role as Senior Specialist Advisor, Industry Decarbonisation. Prior to NRW, he was Managing Director of a private limited company for twelve years and Operations Director for a civil engineering company for four years. Prior to his time in the private sector, he worked in the Environment Agency where he spent six years in water quality and water resources.


Julia Race, University of Strathclyde

Prior to starting her academic career, Julia worked in industry for over 20 years, latterly in the pipeline industry for 7 years as an integrity consultant for GE Oil and Gas. In this role, she was responsible for providing fitness-for-purpose, remaining life and corrosion assessments for onshore and offshore pipelines. She has also worked as a materials engineer in the petrochemical and power generation industries involved with the operation, maintenance and design of chemical and power plant. Her primary research interest is in the use of pipeline infrastructure to deliver pathways to Net Zero – primarily in the transportation of CO2 for CCS schemes and hydrogen as a replacement for oil and gas in the energy mix. Research topics have included material and specification requirements for CO2 and H2 pipelines, techniques for conducting Quantitative Risk Assessments, including pipeline failure frequency and consequence analysis, hydraulic network design and developing system flexibility and techno-economics and wider economy impacts.

David Reiner, UKCCSRC and University of Cambridge

David M. Reiner is Professor of Technology Policy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge. He serves on the CCUS Council, which is chaired by the UK Energy Minister and is on the Advisory Board of the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.. He currently is co-I on a number of UK and European grants related to carbon capture, hydrogen, industrial decarbonisation and greenhouse gas removal. His research is on energy and climate change policy, economics, regulation and public attitudes, with a focus on social license to operate.

Abby Samson, University of Sheffield

Dr Abby Samson is a Lecturer in Fuels and Combustion at The University of Sheffield. She is part of the Energy2050 team in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her research interests and activities include analytical techniques for solvent management for PCC, DAC and the development of low-carbon and sustainable energy and fuels from biomass. Abby is an executive committee member of the IChemE Clean Energy Special Interest Group and of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum.


Kyra Sedransk Campbell, UKCCSRC and University of Sheffield

Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She is co-inventor of the Oxidative Ionothermal Synthesis (OIS) method, and a co-founder of Nanomox Ltd. Her research is at the interface of chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science; she uses fundamental research, including developing new technologies and techniques, to inform important issues around sustainability. In the area of carbon capture, she has been significant in understanding the corrosion challenges that plague the existing technologies to make the infrastructure safer and less susceptible to corrosion. She is a member and the lead of the EDI working group for the ISCF TFI Future Leaders Group, on the EDI committee for the TransFire project, on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the TFI Network+, and serves as EDI lead for the CCS Network+. She is engaged in working towards improving EDI in manufacturing, as a pathway to make it more appealing, and therefore sustainable in the UK, as a career.

Emily Sidhu, UKIB

Emily Sidhu is a Director in the Banking and Investment team in UK Infrastructure Bank. She is responsible for the CCUS business sector as well as looking at hydrogen and other clean energy sectors. Emily was previously at UK Export Finance for 17 years, where her last role was as Head of Project Finance risk, having credit risk responsibility for project finance transactions from initiation, deal negotiation, monitoring the portfolio and restructuring.


Owain Tucker, Shell

Dr Owain Tucker is the Manager for CCS capability, assurance and project support, and the Principal Technical Expert in Carbon Storage in Shell. Owain represents Shell in global taskforces which focus on the development of CCS. He is a member of the UK Subsurface Taskforce, co-chaired the SPE group developing the Storage Resource Maturation System, and the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Storage Working Group. He is on the executive committee of the IEA GHG R&D programme, the board of the UKCCSRC, the UK CCS ISO mirror committee, and is a member the ZEP taskforce technology. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University where he lectures in CO2 storage.

In previous roles Owain worked in Shell as a reservoir engineer, economist and eBusiness consultant; and at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. He read Physics and Geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; and holds a D.Phil in Experimental Solid State Physics from the University of Oxford.