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Carbon Capture Use OR Storage: Understanding the Geoscience, Engineering, Regulatory, and Business Aspects of CCUS and CCS Projects

Special Session

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 10:00 a.m.–4:55 p.m.  |  Austin, Texas

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Entry cost and CO2 supply have long been barriers to traditional Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) applications, but new tax regulations may break the stalemate, providing both for feasible EOR capture from a larger range of anthropogenic sources, and potential CCS options. After years hovering on the horizon, CCUS is poised to become a much larger part of the world's energy portfolio.

This CCS/CCUS sessions explores the technical, economic, regulatory and social issues of CO2 use or sequestration to help understand and evaluate potential projects. The diverse slate of experienced academic and industry professionals will explain the technical aspects of CO2 projects and provide a network of contacts for participants.

The session will provide attendees with an overview of CO2 in the framework of the energy transition. Speakers will address the regulatory and policy issues as well as societal concerns.

Technical aspects of these presentations will discuss important considerations for identifying anthropogenic sources of CO2, reservoir evaluation, seal integrity, and CO2 plume migration monitoring options. Geoscience, engineering, and technology will play critical roles in the successful implementation of CO2 projects. Business opportunities and challenges and a vision for path forward will be covered, including project partnerships, the global Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, and the US 45Q tax credits.

Attendees will learn from global case studies of successful CO2 EOR projects and sequestration projects and will see examples of converting existing “pure” EOR projects into dual purpose (storage and EUR) projects. CCUS projects will include examples of conventional CO2 EOR in mature fields, Residual Oil Zone EOR, and will discuss the potential of CO2 EOR in unconventional reservoirs. Participants will be encouraged to have interactive dialogues with presenters on questions, ideas, and/or research to move carbon capture projects forward.


  • Introductions
  • Social License to Operate, ESG, and Geoscience Careers in Carbon Storage S. Greenberg; Illinois State Geological Survey
  • Optimizing CO2 Storage and EOR During Residual Oil Zone Operations R. Pawar, B. Chen; Los Alamos National Lab
  • Development of Public-Private Projects on CO2-EOR and Carbon Dioxide Projects - Examples from the Michigan Basin N. Gupta; Battelle
  • Current Status of CO2-EOR Projects in Croatia and Transformation to CCUS N. Dubravko, J. Jeliƒá-Balta; INA, Industrija Nafte
  • Geomechanical Evaluation of Reservoir Integrity for CO2 EOR and Storage Sites J. White; Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA.
  • The Future of Oil Production will Include CO2-EOR D. E. Riestenberg; ARI, Knoxville, TN.
  • The Potential for CO2 EOR in the Bakken - Where We’ve Been and Where We are Going B. Kurz, J. Sorensen, S. Hawthorne, S. Smith, L. Jin; Energy and Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota


M. A. Raines, T. Meckel, D. M. Cox, E. Holubnyak


Carbon Capture Use OR Storage: Understanding the Geoscience, Engineering, Regulatory, and Business Aspects of CCUS and CCS Projects
Austin, TX
Austin, Texas
United States