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Training: Lessons Learned From CCS Projects to Date


Date: 10 Jul 2024
Type: Classroom
Tutor: Matthew Healey,Pace CCS

This course is designed to provide information vital to anyone involved with CCS project design. It will provide an introduction to CCS design with a focus on sharing lessons learned from CCS projects in design and operation today. Technical analysis, useful references and practical solutions will be provided.

You will learn to:

  • Understand the key elements in the CCS chain, from capture to disposal.
  • Understand the unique challenges faced by CCS, and how these are different from oil and gas, CO2-EOR and midstream projects, with primary reference to project experience and lessons learned.
  • Apply fundamentals of CO2 design, including thermodynamics, chemical reactions, carbon capture, dehydration and compositional control.
  • Understand the risk to CCS pipeline and well integrity due to corrosion, with primary reference to project experience and lessons learned.
  • Review the behavior of CO2 and challenges associated with very low temperatures during operation, with primary reference to project experience and lessons learned.
  • Understand the challenges related to design in order to manage planned and unplanned CO2 releases to atmosphere from CCS projects, with primary reference to project experience and lessons learned.
  • Review the key commercial drivers and risks for CCS that inform design, and understand how these are managed, with primary reference to project experience and lessons learned.
  • Review lessons learned from application of project management and organizational processes to CCS deliver teams, in order to understand how best to deliver CCS project design and execution.

This course is suitable for all management and technical staff engaged in carbon capture and storage design and operations. It will provide clear, actionable, technical information that will be immediately applicable to CCS project design.

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Carbon Capture & Storage Masterclass

Date: 20 - 24 May 2024
Duration: 5 days, Mon-Fri 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tutor: Richard Worden, Professor in the Department of Earth Ocean and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

This course will provide participants with awareness of the geoscience needs for CCS projects; namely subsurface CO2 storage volumetrics, CO2 flow in the subsurface away from injector wells, the goal of safe and permanent storage of CO2 and cost-benefit issues linked to aquifer depth, well design, etc. The course will establish basics, such as how much CCS is needed to make a difference to global warming, and explore what types of CO2 injection are already happening, including information from CO2-enhanced oil recovery projects. The course will deal with CO2 as a fluid phase and how much CO2 can be stored per cubic meter in terms of porosity and over entire aquifers. It will deal with how quickly CO2 can be injected and the role of aquifer permeability. The course then moves on to the all-important geomechanical effects of CO2 injection and feedbacks between induced mineral dissolution and rock strength and other rock properties. The full range of possible interaction between CO2 and both aquifer and top-seal will be covered, as will the range of possible leakage mechanisms that need to be assessed. The course will conclude with consideration of monitoring strategies.

You will learn to:

  • Develop awareness of the role of geoscience in CCS and of CCS in CO2 emissions reductions.
  • Appreciate what CO2 injection projects have occurred so far and how they differ from industrial CCS.
  • Understand CO2 as a fluid in the subsurface and the fluid injection pressure and effective stress regimes that CO2 injection will involve.
  • Build awareness of the volumetrics of CO2 storage from the micro (pore-scale) to the macro (aquifer volumes).
  • Gain an appreciation of the question of CO2 flow away from injector wells controlled by permeability and aquifer architecture.
  • Understand the range of effects that CO2 can have on the host aquifer, from geomechanical to geochemical.
  • Assess the role of top-seal and fault-seal properties and how they will influence CO2 storage, from risk of fracking, or induced seismicity, to mineral dissolution.
  • Understand the range of ways that CO2 could escape from the planned storage sites.
  • Develop an awareness of the range of monitoring strategies that could be employed to ensure safe and long-term storage of CO2.

The course is largely aimed at geoscientists, but engineers will also find the course instructive. Intended for sub-surface scientists, with an emphasis on geoscience topics. Participants will probably have a working knowledge of petroleum geoscience. However, the subject matter of this course, the geoscience of carbon capture and storage, is covered from basic principles.

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Introduction to Subsurface Pressures

Date: 10 - 13 Jun 2024
Type: Virtual
Duration: 4 days, Mon-Thurs 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Tutor: Richard Swarbrick: Manager, Swarbrick GeoPressure

This course introduces attendees to subsurface fracture pressure and fluid pressure and their relevance to surface phenomena (e.g. slope failure), as well as assessing risk in deep boreholes (e.g. for hydrogeology, carbon sequestration, oil/gas exploitation and waste disposal). The course teaches the details of what data can be collected and how it can be visualized and interpreted, underpinning more detailed geological and engineering studies.

You will learn to:

  • Understand how fluid pressure and fracture pressure are relevant to subsurface geology.
  • Evaluate the types of pressure data and measurements possible in the subsurface.
  • Create plots and maps of pressure data to solve subsurface puzzles (e.g. compartmentalization of reservoirs; distinguishing between hydrodynamic vs hydrostatic flow conditions; and recognition of abnormal pressures).
  • Appreciate the link between fluid pressure and fracture pressure, and appropriate coupling values.
  • Recognize how and where pressure data relate to specific events (e.g. slope failure; surface fluid release phenomena; earthquakes and other ground movements).

Intended for all hydrologists, geologists, geophysicists and geomechanical and reservoir engineers. Knowledge of subsurface geology is not required but would be an advantage. Highly relevant to all who are studying the subsurface and especially those engaged in deep drilling and storage.

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