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Trondheim to Host CO2 Storage Research Workshop

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) has long been considered an important component of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation (Pacala and Socolow, 2004). Industry experience with CO2 injection for enhanced oil recovery (since the 1970s) and CO2 storage in saline formations (since 1996) has produced a strong foundation of knowledge for improving and refining CO2 storage technology. There are many technical challenges at geologic storage sites that require geophysical measurements and monitoring. These challenges include initial site assessment, assuring that injectivity and capacity predictions are reliable, confirming that the fate and configuration of the CO2 plume is acceptable and that regulatory permitting and compliance is accomplished in a timely manner (e.g., CSFL, 2013; Dixon and Romanak, 2015).

Recognizing the challenges and as a follow up on the dedicated workshop in 2009 in Banff, Canada, EAGE and SEG are now collaborating to organize the EAGE/ SEG Research Workshop 2017: Geophysical Monitoring of CO2 Injection – CCS and CO2-EOR on 28-31 August 2017, in Trondheim, Norway. You are invited to participate in the workshop as the call for abstracts is now open.

The 2017 workshop will focus on geo­physical monitoring of storage from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and from carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects (i.e., CO2 injection and storage as part of EOR schemes). Since the 2009 workshop, we have seen significant developments and improvement in monitoring approaches, seismic methods, gravity field monitoring, and satellite data. Furthermore, ongoing storage projects such as Sleipner now have an extended time series of monitoring, demonstrating the power of geophysical monitoring to assure safe subsurface storage of CO2.

Globally, there are now 15 large scale CCS projects in operation, with six more expected to come online in the next two years (IEA, 2016) and dozens of other pilot injection projects developing and testing a range of approaches to monitoring CO2 stored in geological formations. There are also monitoring results from shallow injections aimed at detection of leakage. Overall, research in geophysical monitoring in general has also benefited from these CCS projects because most are open to research and development (R&D) activities, and are, in fact, inherently R&D projects.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers and site operators interested in geophysical monitoring technology to find out more about the latest technological developments in the field. While we encourage talks on all aspects of geophysical monitoring, we expect the workshop to have a strong focus on monitoring CO2. The technical programme will include keynotes, submitted presentations and will focus on topics, such as: CCS and CO2 EOR case studies, pre-injection baseline monitoring and characterization, differentiation of saturation, pressure and rock strain.

In addition to presenting oral and poster papers in these sessions, we will ensure plenty of time for discussion and debate at the workshop. Two proposed discussion sessions are ‘Pitfalls in CO2 geophysical monitoring’ and ‘Uncertainties in monitoring’. For more information, please visit research-workshop-2017. (First Break)

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