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Conference


Alastair Lang attended the conference on 23rd May 2012


and reports back with the key


points highlighted with regards to


Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).


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Despite much scepticism being expressed in certain quarters about CCS, there is a lot of work taking place to prepare for its commercial implementation. Some of this was described during the session.


Stuart Haszeldine, Scottish Power Professor of CCS at the University of Edinburgh, opened the session and advised delegates that the University is working on a report linking CCS and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) which will be published during May next year. A new research centre at Edinburgh University has been established called ‘The Centre for North Sea Enhanced Oil Recovery with CO2 (CENSEOR-CO2)’. It is part-funded by 2Co Energy and serves to focus on technical, financial and commercial issues. The prospect is to improve oil recovery from wells in the North Sea by 5-25 percent.


David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise emphasized the importance of CCS to Scotland - It is a key sector built on the expertise gained from their experiences in oil & gas. He talked about the Central North Sea Storage Cluster which contains half of all of Europe’s storage capacity, for which further information can be found on the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage website. He and Liam Finch of Petrofac talked about a facility in


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Peterhead to handle the importation of CO2 from European projects for storage in the North Sea.


Lewis Gilles of 2Co Energy described their involvement with the centre at the University of Edinburgh and he advised that the additional oil which could be recovered by EOR is equivalent to as much of the anticipated oil recoverable through traditional methods. In addition, he explained that CCS with EOR delays the costly process of decommissioning oil wells. With regards to location, Yorkshire is ideal as its power generation and manufacturing plants together emit 18 percent of the UK’s CO2.


He referred to a report prepared by Mott McDonald in June 2010 on future electricity prices that shows the competitive nature of fossil


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