UKCCSRC Spring Conference 2024 (Manchester, 27-28 March 2024)

We had a fantastic Spring Conference on 27th-28th March 2024, at the Schuster Building, University of Manchester, including our conference dinner on Wednesday 27th at the beautiful Whitworth Hall.

We heard from industry CCS stakeholders within the clusters, projects and from CCS research projects with strong industrial links, as well as about the exciting progress that is being made in CCS deployment overseas. There was, of course, plenty of time to network and connect with CCS stakeholders over the two days.

Wednesday was industry focused and Thursday was internationally focused.  See the agenda below for more details or the Conference booklet.

The ECR Meeting Fund was opened to support attendance at this conference, as well as at the ECR Awayday preceding this conference on Tuesday 26th March. (Closed Tuesday 12th, noon)

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Day 1 – Wednesday 27th March 2024

11:00-12:30Arrivals, registration and lunch
12:30-13:00Welcome and keynoteJon Gibbins, UKCCSRC
Nicola O’Dowd, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
13:00-13:30Plenary 1 – Industry updates: ClustersBen Kek, East Coast (Northern Endurance Partnership)
David Walker, HyNet (Progressive Energy)
Chaired by Jon Gibbins, UKCCSRC and University of Sheffield
14:00-15:00Plenary 2 – Industry updates: ProjectsEdward Thomas, Viridor
Mayowa Akinrinlola, VPI Immingham
Karina Castaneda Diaz, Humber Zero
Chaired by Diarmaid Clery, University of Manchester
15:00-15:30Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge: In Conversation with Bryony LiveseyBryony Livesey, UKRI
Jon Gibbins, UKCCSRC and University of Sheffield
16:00-17:00Plenary 3 – UKCCSRC funded research: industry supported projectsPeter Clough, Cranfield University/ERM
Leanne Walker, University of Manchester
Daniel Mullen, SSE
Chaired by Ben Wetenhall, UKCCSRC and Newcastle University
17:00-19:00CCS showcase poster and drinks reception
19:00-22:00Conference dinner (Whitworth Hall)Gardiner Hill, Climate Change and Energy Transition Consultant/Advisor

Day 2 – Thursday 28th March 2024

9:00-9:30Arrivals and coffee
9:30-10:30Plenary 4 – European CCS updatesJoop Hazenberg, CCSA (Brussels office)
Brigitte Jacobs, CATO
David Phillips, Aker Carbon Capture
Chaired by Stuart Haszeldine, UKCCSRC and University of Edinburgh
11:00-12:00Plenary 5 – Global CCS updatesXi Liang, UCL and Guangdong CCUS (China)
Neil Wildgust, Carbon Management Canada (Canada)
Toru Sato, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Chaired by Abby Samson, University of Sheffield
12:00-12:30Keynote and closing remarksGuloren Turan, GCCSI
Jon Gibbins, UKCCSRC and University of Sheffield
12:30-14:00Lunch and departures


Speaker biographies (A-Z)

Mayowa Akinrinlola, VPI Immingham

Mayowa is an experienced project development engineer with 20 years energy industry experience covering Gas Processing, LNG and Low Carbon Energy. He has been involved in the development of three Power CCUS projects in the UK and is currently overseeing the identification and engineering development of CCUS technologies for VPI’s low carbon opportunities. His participation in industry groups and leadership of the planning and permitting programme of Humber Zero is contributing to development of CCUS regulatory framework in the UK.


Karina Castaneda Diaz, Humber Zero

Karina is a chartered chemical engineer with over 15 years of diverse experience in the energy industry, specializing in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects for the past six years. Throughout her career, she has been involved in all phases of project development from Conceptual/Front End Engineering Design (FEED) to the completion of Detail Design, and provided On-Site Engineering support through the Construction Phase. In 2020, Karina joined Humber Zero as a project engineer, her key responsibilities include Project Management and engineering support, project planning, cost estimation, interface management and techno-economic analysis. Prior to this role, she worked in OGCI Climate Investments supporting early development of the Net Zero Teesside Project.

Diarmaid Clery, University of Manchester

Diarmaid is a Lecturer in Engineering for Net Zero at the University of Manchester. His background is in engineering, having worked as an engineer in the energy industry and having published academic work on technical aspects of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) and greenhouse gas removal (GGR). He now works with stakeholders and communities within the UK’s industrial clusters to assess the factors influencing the social licence to operate for industrial decarbonisation.


Peter Clough, Cranfield University/ERM

Peter joined ERM in 2023 as a Managing Consultant working across the hydrogen and industrial decarbonization teams. Before joining ERM, he was a Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University leading their activities in clean hydrogen production. He was the lead investigator on the UKCCSRC projects related to this presentation where he was studying the potential for fugitive amine emissions to be captured using an electrostatic precipitation technique. Whilst at Cranfield, he was also the engineering and operations lead on the HyPER project, an £8M project funded by BEIS/DESNZ to scale up and develop a next-generation MW scale blue hydrogen production pilot plant using a thermochemical process called Sorption Enhanced Reforming. He has an MEng in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Jon Gibbins, UKCCSRC and University of Sheffield

Jon 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.

Joop Hazenberg, CCSA (Brussels)

Joop has been working and living in Brussels since 2013, specialising in Europe’s energy and climate policies. Amongst others, he was EU correspondent for a range of international media, campaign manager for European NGOs on the phase-out of coal power plants, and Director of External Affairs at the GSMA, representing the mobile telecommunications industry in Europe. He also worked for the European Heat Pump Association and represented SolarPower Europe and WindEurope on the topic of corporate renewable energy sourcing. He is now the EU Director of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.

Before moving to Brussels, Joop worked in political circles in his home country The Netherlands. He held several functions in the Dutch Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a national newspaper. He also founded a think-tank for young professionals, wrote six books and many op-eds and essays. His latest book deals with climate action (including a chapter on CCS and DAC).

Stuart Haszeldine, UKCCSRC and University of Edinburgh

As Professor for CCS at the University of Edinburgh, Stuart has helped create 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, hydrogen 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 awarded the Energy Medal of the Geological Society. He is also the Director of SCCS, co-Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) and Co-I of UKCCSRC.

Gardiner Hill, Climate Change and Energy Transition Consultant/Advisor

Gardiner Hill is a Climate Change and Energy Transition Consultant, having previously spent over thirty years at bp, most recently as Vice President Carbon. With more than 20 years of climate change experience, working with corporates, academics and policy makers, he is now engaged on a portfolio of consulting and advisory roles in the areas of the energy transition, sustainability and CCS. Gardiner is also Chair of the Independent Advisory Board for the UK’s Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).


Brigitte Jacobs, CATO

Brigitte works as a Business Leader Energy and Material Transition Industry with TNO. She holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering with a Postgraduate degree in Business Economics. Prior to working with TNO, she has held both technical and commercial roles within a variety of large chemical multinationals (e.g. ExxonMobil, DuPont, DSM) in different places across the globe. At TNO, she supports different industry partners with the introduction of new technology developments that help them reduce their carbon footprint and meet their climate goals. She also chairs the Dutch CCS R&D work in the role as CATO director.

Ben Kek, Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP)

Ben has been working on the East Coast Cluster and its original component projects including NEP for over four and a half years, initially as the Appraisal General Manager since project inception.  In his current role, as Deputy General Manager of the NEP JV, he is involved in all aspects of technical and commercial integration across the full CO2 value chain. His career with bp has taken him to many countries where he has worked across the full lifecycle of several large mega projects from drawing board to production operations. Ben is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Xi Liang, UCL and Guangdong CCUS (China)

Xi is Professor in Sustainable Construction and Infrastructure Transition at University College London. Prior to Joining UCL, he was Senior Lecturer in Energy Finance at the University of Edinburgh. He has a PhD in Energy Policy and Finance. Prof Liang is the Secretary General and co-founder of UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre, an expert panel member in climate finance for Chinese government, has been PI of climate finance and CCS related projects with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is also an advisor for climate strategies for a number of firms, such as China Resources Group, China Energy Engineering Corporation, Charoen Pokphand Group and Shenzhen Energy Limited. He recently started leading the provincial CCUS planning task for Guangdong and Ningxia in China.

Bryony Livesey, IDC, UKRI

Bryony leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). IDC is a £210m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK. Bryony was previously Head of Technology at Costain, with responsibility for the identification and development of new technology. She was a member of BEIS’ CCUS Cost Challenge Task Force, a Director of the CCSA (where she co-chaired the Technical Working Group) and has previously chaired the Independent Advisory Panel for the UKCCSRC.

Daniel Mullen, SSE

After achieving a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National University of Galway in 2014, Daniel worked on outages in the energy industry in Ireland until 2020, when he began a PhD in post-combustion CO2 capture at the University of Edinburgh. Daniel’s PhD focuses on all things related to ultra-high CO2 capture rates in MEA-based post-combustion CO2 capture plants, from process modelling and techno-economics to solvent degradation and dynamic operations. In early 2023, Daniel began work in the technology team at SSE Thermal, supporting the development of large-scale commercial CO2 capture facilities and managing R&D projects in partnership with UK and international universities, many of which are supported by the UKCCSRC.

Nicola O’Dowd, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

Nicola is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) leading on work to deliver the Power CCUS project within Track-1 of the Cluster Sequencing Programme. She joined the programme at the time of assessment of the initial capture project submissions and has followed the development through to this latest critical stage of the programme. She transitioned into this sector following a successful career as a geoscientist within the seismic industry.


David Phillips, Aker Carbon Capture

David is Aker Carbon Capture’s Head of Capital Markets & New Market Strategy, based in the United Kingdom. He joined in August 2021, after around two decades of experience in investment research across a number of leading investment banks in London and New York. David also worked as Head of Industry and Investor Relations for Aker Solutions over 2014-2016. While in finance, David focused initially on the chemicals sector, then moved to global energy in 2006, where his work specialised in the energy services sector, and where his team was highly rated for a number of years. His most recent role was as the Head of Equity Research for Europe at a major global financial institution in London. David has an MA from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Abby Samson, University of Sheffield

Abby 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.


Toru Sato, University of Tokyo

Toru obtained a B.Eng and a M.Eng from Dept. Ocean Eng., University of Tokyo and a Ph.D from Dept. Chem. Eng., Imperial College London, and is currently a professor at Dept. Ocean Technol., Policy, and Environ., University of Tokyo. For over 25 years, he has been engaged in environmental impact assessment of CO2 sub-seabed geological storage, including development and application of multi-scale ocean model, development of dissociation and formation models of methane and CO2 hydrates, design and feasibility study on CO2 storage in the form of gas hydrate, proposing effective indicators of CO2-related concentration in seawater, and so on. Currently, he serves as Advisor of Cabinet Office’ Ocean Policy Headquarters, Member of Japan Academy of Engineering, Board Member of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, Member of Sub-Seabed CCS Committee of Ministry of Environment, Member of CCS Expert Committee of Japan CCS Co. Ltd. etc.

Edward Thomas, Viridor

Edward is a chartered Mechanical Engineer and MBA. Edward has over 30 years’ experience in the process and power industries with Director level design, engineering and construction responsibilities in leading companies in the circular economy sector. This has included responsibility for delivery on safety, maintenance, and operations. Currently the Head of Programme Delivery (CCS), he is responsible for the delivery of Industrial Carbon Capture plant delivery across the Viridor ERF fleet, capturing CO2 from existing and new-build ERFs to deliver Viridor’s ambition of net zero by 2040 and net negative by 2045, including the million tonne per year DESNZ Track 1 project at Runcorn ERF as part of the HyNet cluster.

Guloren Turan, GCCSI

Guloren is the Chief Impact Office at the Global CCS Institute and has extensive experience in the energy and climate fields. From 2015 to 2017, Guloren led the Government Affairs activities at the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline. Prior to this she held a number of roles over the course of nine years at BG Group, including Head of Climate Change Strategy, Head of Business Risk for the Group and Lead Corporate Strategist. Guloren holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Cornell University and BSc Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

David Walker, Progressive Energy

David joined Progressive Energy in early 2022 and draws on his experience to assist in the delivery of the HyNet North West project.  Prior to joining Progressive, David was the Head of Scale-up and Engineering for Econic Technologies – a start-up company focusing on the utilisation of CO2 with in polymeric products. Here, he was successful in developing its catalyst and process from a TRL 3 to a TRL 7, ready for commercialisation and involved in developing the infrastructure of a supply chain from a high-level framework to a commercially viable, cost effective and de-risked solution. David has an extensive background in the licensing of catalyst technology, PDP / FEED process design and delivery and leadership of multi-disciplinary teams, after his time at Johnson Matthey (formerly Davy Process Technology).

Leanne Walker, University of Manchester

Leanne is a microbiologist currently working as a Research Associate in Subsurface Microbiology (CCS) in the Nixon Group within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology at The University of Manchester.  The main focus of her research is analysing the subsurface microbial communities present in long-term CO2 storage sites (e.g. depleted oil and gas reservoirs or saline aquifer systems). Data will then be used for identifying key microbial processes within these environments that can either promote permanent CO2 fixation, or result in negative microbial processes that could have an impact on asset integrity (e.g. souring, MIC or biofouling).

Ben Wetenhall, UKCCSRC and Newcastle University

Ben Wetenhall is a lecturer at Newcastle University. His research interest is decarbonising industrial processes and energy generation, primarily through transportation by pipeline of carbon dioxide (CO2) for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) schemes and hydrogen for use as an alternate energy source. Some examples of previous research topics include material and specification requirements for novel pipelines, the impact of impurities on CO2 pipelines and shipping, pipeline failure frequency and consequence analysis (including developing analytical and CFD CO2 building ingress models), CCS network flexibility, and the effect of injecting cold CO2 on the surrounding rock.

Neil Wildgust, CMC Canada

Neil is the President and CEO of Carbon Management Canada (CMC), responsible for leading the organization in supporting industry, governments and other organizations attempting to reduce emissions and meet their net-zero goals.

Neil has been a champion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for the past two decades, bringing over 35 years of geoscience expertise to the CMC team. Prior to joining CMC, Neil had left his role as Director for Cordilleran Research at the British Columbia Geological Survey, to consult independently on CCS and risk assessment. He has also held past roles within the IEA Greenhouse Gas (IEAGHG) R&D Programme, the Petroleum Technology Research Centre leading the IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale Program, the Global CCS Institute in Calgary, and the Energy & Environmental Research Center in North Dakota. Neil also served as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control between 2016 and 2021 and was a recipient of a Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCOR) Partnership Pioneer Award in 2015.

Presentation slides

 Presentations from our conference sessions are available below (where we have permission to share them).


Opening keynote: Nicola O'Dowd, Department for Energy Security and Net Zero


Plenary 1: Ben Kek, NEP & East Coast Cluster


Plenary 1: David Walker, Progressive Energy & HyNet


Plenary 2: Edward Thomas, Viridor


Plenary 2: Mayowa Akinrinlola & Karina Castaneda Diaz, VPI Immingham


Plenary 3: Peter Clough, Cranfield University & ERM


Plenary 3: Daniel Mullen, SSE


Plenary 4: Joop Hazenberg, CCSA (Brussels)


Plenary 4: Brigitte Jacobs, CATO


Plenary 4: David Phillips, Aker Carbon Capture


Plenary 5: Neil Wildgust, Carbon Management Canada


Plenary 5: Toru Sato, University of Tokyo, Japan


Closing keynote: Guloren Turan, GCCSI


 Recordings from our conference sessions are available below (where we have permission to share them).

Poster Gallery

Posters from the poster reception on 27th March 2024 are published below (where we have permission to share them).

25 - Marcin Pokora - ECR PRIZE WINNER

45 - Javad Shokri - ECR PRIZE WINNER

46 - Fayez Qureshi - ECR PRIZE WINNER

2 - Eni Oko

5 - Roberto Loza Espejel

12 - Allison Schaap

13 - Niamh Hartley

15 - Amin Taghavinejad

Amin Taghavinejad - Image-based pore-scale network modelling of CO2–shale interaction with swelling effect - March 2024

16 - Yongliang (Harry) Yan

18 - Christopher de Leeuwe

21 - Hassan Chamas

22 - Jon Gibbins

23 - Jon Gibbins

24 - Jon Gibbins

29 - Marius Dewar

31 - Mark Roper

34 - Mads Huuse

35 - Kevin Hughes

36 - Molly James

40 - Mehdi Ghasemi

41 - Karen Turner

44 - Meisam Ansarpour

47 - Gordon Inglis