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Final Blog from COP27 – Expectations and Outcomes

In terms of overall outcomes, it was disappointing that the main achievement of this COP was to avoid backsliding on the Glasgow agreements, which means it did not really progress at all in most areas including mitigation. The cover decision, called the "Sharm El-Sheikk Implementation Plan" basically just repeats Glasgow's agreements on aiming to k...
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GHGT-16 Technical Plenary 3 Thursday 27th October

The third technical plenary present at the GHGT-16 conference explored the challenges of CCS in two contrasting resource-rich countries: Australia and Indonesia. Matthias Raab, the Chief Executive Officer for CO2CRC opened the plenary with an overview entitled "CCS in Australia's transition to a low emission future".He was followed by Mohammad Rach...
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GHGT-16 Technical Plenary 2, Wednesday 26th October 2022

Two high profile CCS champions, Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive, CCSA and Matt Crocker, Senior Vice President of Low Carbon Solutions ExxonMobil gave different perspectives of the considerable scale-up in the technology. This second of GHGT-16's Technical Plenary, was chaired by IEAGHG's General Manager, Tim Dixon. Ruth's presentation entitled "...
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Half-way update from COP27

This is meant to be themed as the 'Implementation' COP, following the Glasgow 'ambition' COP and the Paris 'Agreements' COP. It cannot be sensed at half-way whether this theme will be achieved. However this COP is also being called the 'African COP', and it is certainly achieving that, through the attendance by many from this continent, and the man...
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COP27 starts in Egypt

UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the conference with strong words, including the warnings "Cooperate or perish", "failure to deliver on climate is a collective suicide pact", and that the world is "on the highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator". One anticipation towards this COP was around whether countries would...
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GHGT-16 site visits to IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Cimentalgue Project

As the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-16) in Lyon, France came to a close. Two parallel site visits were embarked on Friday 28 October 2022. The first one was to the Limagne d'Allier basin, close to Clermont-Ferrand where natural CO2 migration through faults into rivers and groundwaters as well as impacts on the local env...
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GHGT-16 site visit to Limagne D'Allier Basin 'Natural CO2 release' - 28th October 2022

Following the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-16) in Lyon, France two parallel site visits were organised by BRGM and IFPEN. The first was to the Limagne d'Allier basin, close to Clermont-Ferrand where natural CO2 migration through faults into rivers and groundwaters as well as impacts on the local environment was observed...
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GHGT-16: Panel Discussion 8C: Repurposing existing infrastructure

This panel discussion, session 8C, was held on Wednesday 26th October 2022. The moderator and chair John Litynski of US DOE FECM welcomed four panellists in discussing the repurposing of existing infrastructure.Tony Espie (BP), Bente-Helen Leinum (DNV), William Van Geertruyden (Exxon Mobile) and Sarah Leung (US DOE) provided insights and persp...
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GHGT-16 Panel Discussion 5C: CO2 impurities and implications for multiple source networks and hubs

The 5th Panel discussion (panellists pictured below) entitled 'CO2 Impurities for Multiple Source Networks and Hubs' took place on the 25th of October 2022 at the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference. The Panel was chaired by Haroun Mahgerefteh, University College London. The panellists, their affiliation and the respective titl...
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GHGT-16: Commercialising CCUS in the Middle East: Gulf region and Egyptian hub study cases

This panel discussion, Session 7C at this year's GHGT conference, was held on Wednesday 26th October 2022 and saw moderator Rachael Moore from the IEA welcome three speakers in discussing the potential for CCUS in the Middle Eastern countries and Egypt. Iain MacDonald (Shell), Al Collins (Oxy) and Tidjani Niass (Saudi Aramco) provided insights on r...
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GHGT-16: Final panel session and GHGT-17 announcement

The final day of the 16th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-16) in Lyon, France saw the conference delegates embarked on a live virtual tour of the Northern Lights Project (Figure 1) The Northern Lights (a partnership between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies) is a part of Norway's Longship Project to develop the world's first ope...
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GHGT-16: Panel 6C on ‘Upstream emissions and the limits to emissions reductions from CCS’

This panel session was jointly moderated by Sean McCoy (University of Calgary) and Susan Hovorka (University of Texas). The panellists included Gaelle Cauchois (Carbon Limits), Rachael Moore (IEA), Jose Benitez (USDOE), and Jon Gibbins (University of Sheffield). The panels used a very interactive format, posing questions to the attendees, whic...
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GHGT-16: Session 5B, Storage Costs

Session 5B of the GHGT-16 conference looked at the costs of geological storage of CO2 and started with a brief recap of recent work from the Gulf Coast Carbon Center on early-stage costs of storage project characterisation. This recognised that the highest cost driver in a storage project is 3D seismic, which leads to the question – how much seismi...
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GHGT-16: Session 4B, Depleted Reservoirs & Injectivity

Session 4B of GHGT was held on Tuesday 25th October and heard international experts give insights into recent developments on depleted reservoirs and injectivity. Equinor began the session by sharing a simulation study of the Sleipner plume on the entire Utsira formation using a multi-physics modelling approach, which achieved a general understandi...
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GHGT-16: Day 2 Technical Plenary: TotalEnergies & US DOE

The second day of GHGT-16 started with a Technical Plenary introduced by Florence Delprat-Jannaud of ClubCO2. The first speaker was Christine Healy, Senior VP, Carbon Neutrality and Continental Europe, and member of the EP Executive Committee (CDEP) for TotalEnergies. Christine began by stressing how carbon neutrality and CCS is critically importan...
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GHGT-16: Opening Plenary

Welcome Addresses Kelly Thambimuthu, Chairman of the IEAGHG Programme (custodian of the GHGT conference series), kicked off proceedings by welcoming all to this conference, the 16th in the GHGT Series with the inaugural one held back in 1998. Dr Thambimuthu thanked the local hosts of this conference, ClubCO2, ADEME, IFP Energies Nouvelles, BRG...
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New IEAGHG Technical Report: 2022-11 Applying ISO Standards to Geologic Storage and EOR Projects

This study, undertaken by DNV on behalf of IEAGHG, aimed to summarise and synthesise the two ISO Standards relevant to the geological storage of CO2: – ISO 27914:2017 ('Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Geological storage') and ISO 27916:2019 ('Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage - Carbon...
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Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) in Pittsburgh

This new acronym represented the combined annual Ministerial meetings of both the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM13) and Mission Innovation (MI-7) and took place from the 21 to 23 September. Over 5000 people attended in-person from around 32 countries. There was a very busy side-event programme with nineteen parallel events at any one time, totalling...
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IEEFA report critical of CCS - but it presents a misleading picture

A recent critical report published by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), entitled "The Carbon Capture Crux", has poured considerable scepticism on CCS as a viable mitigation option. The report, apparently written by two energy analysts with backgrounds in economics and finance, focuses on the under achievement of lead...
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World's First Commercial Pact on Cross-Border CO2 Transport and Storage

The world's first and ground-breaking commercial agreement between Northern Lights (a partnership between Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies) and Yara (one of the world's largest fertiliser manufacturers) on cross-border carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage (T&S) was announced in Stavanger, Norway on the 29th of August 2022. Carbon Capture ...
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