CO₂ Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

Richard Baker

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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS and CCUS) are one of the most practical ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Basically CCS and CCUS is the large-scale injection of anthropogenic CO2 in the sub-surface [Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)]. During this course, you will obtain a practical overview of CCS/CCUS opportunities including project evaluation tools. Read more...

For there to be aggressive execution at scale, there needs to be clear economic drivers. Fortunately, we have 50 years of CO2 project cost data, and a comprehensive understanding of which geological factors have the most significant impact on economics. We need to address CCS/CCUS in a logical and economic framework. The course draws on 50 years of EOR CO2 miscible flooding experience, 25 years of aquifer injection experience and wellbore leakage statistics.

This course reviews where we could practically store CO2 and discuss the options for storage and the logistics associated with CCS/CCUS. Workflow is also stressed in the course. The main focus is on aquifer storage, followed by injection into depleted aquifers. The course is field case and technically based, so we cover 3 major aquifer injection cases and two EOR field case. The learning from the field cases illustrates critical learning and emphasizes the lessons learned. The course addresses not only the upside potential, but also the risk factors. From risk factors, we use the factors to describe the surveillance program used in Monitoring, Measurement and Verification (MMV) work. Here 38 years of pilot design experience is hopefully highlighted.

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Course contents

    Chapter 1 - Introduction to CCUS

    1.01 Course Summary (8 min.)  Sample Lesson

    1.02 Central Theme Through Out Course

    1.03 Key Components in Overview

    1.04 Target of CCUS, Where are the Projects and Timing/Scale of Projects

    1.05 Attractiveness of Western Canadian Basin Targets

    1.06 Where are CCS projects in North America and Worldwide

    1.07 Answer to Conversion Question

    Chapter 2 - Economics

    2.01 Economics - Building on our mental model

    2.02 Infrastructure and Pipelines

    2.03 Building on your Mental Model

    2.04 Carbon Capture Technology

    2.05 CO₂ Transportation - Pipelines

    2.06 Site Criteria for CCS - Geology

    Chapter 3 - Reservoir Characteristics & Fluid Properties

    3.01 Mechanisms of Trapping

    3.02 Fluid Properties/Phase Behavior

    3.03 What Type of Storage Do I Select?

    Chapter 4 - Permeability, Injectivity & Plume Migration

    4.01 Why Can’t We Just Use Core (air) Permeability?

    4.02 Long Term Reservoir Injection Rates, Pressures and Injectivity

    4.03 Plume Migration

    4.04 Shell Quest Project

    Chapter 5 - General Workflow for CCUS

    5.01 General Workflow Overview

    5.02 Volumetrics for Aquifer, Depleted Oil and Gas Field

    5.03 Regional Aquifer Study - Part 1

    5.04 Regional Aquifer Study - Part 2

    5.05 Value of Information from Existing Wells for CCUS

    5.06 Quest Project - Comparing OGIP vs Volume

    Chapter 6 - Core & Log Analysis

    6.01 Core and Log Examination

    6.02 Storage Efficiency

    6.03 Reservoir Injectivity - Part 1

    6.04 Reservoir Injectivity - Part 2

    Chapter 7 - CO₂ Storage Constraints

    7.01 Constraints on CO₂ Storage

    7.02 Exercise, Calculation of Viscous Gravity (Lakes method) Number

    Chapter 8 - Seismic & Plume Movement

    8.01 Seismic Images

    8.02 Depleted Oil and Gas Reservoirs

    8.03 How does the Plume Move with Time?

    8.04 Plume Migration Long Term Storage

    Chapter 9 - Wellbore Evaluation & Risk

    9.01 Carbon Capture Risks

    9.02 Wellbore Risk During Operational Phase

    9.03 Evaluation Wellbore/Fracture/Fault Failure

    9.04 Cranfield Mississippi USA

    Chapter 10 - Monitoring & Verification

    10.01 Monitoring and Verification for CCS

    10.02 Injection Pressure, Rates and Injectivity

    10.03 SACROC Monitoring

    10.04 Key Questions (Learning Objectives)

    10.05 Conclusions

    10.06 Bonus Lesson - CCS Failures Quiz