Management of CO2 emissions is critical to the continuing development of heavy oil resources like the Albertan oil sands.  With a focus on the production and upgrading of bitumen in Western Canada, this workshop will look at the distribution and characteristics of CO2 emissions during development of these large scale projects, and the range of possible CO2 storage options.

Beginning with an overview of geological CO2 storage; reviewing storage options (saline aquifers, depleted gas reservoirs, depleted oil reservoirs & EOR, coal beds) and how sites are identified and appraised, the workshop will go on to summarise the evolving policy and regulatory environment in North America, including Canadian Provincial and Federal government proposals to manage CO2 emissions via geological storage of CO2. Via a review of proposed large scale CO2 storage projects in Alberta, the workshop will then explore some of the implications of attempting to use large volumes of the subsurface for CO2 disposal (is there likely to be sufficient capacity, what are the leakage and operational risks and risks to other subsurface users, what lessons have been learned from acid gas disposal etc.).


Why should you attend?

  • Understand the potential to use CCS to manage CO2 emissions during oil sands production and upgrading
  • Knowledge of the technical challenges of engineering subsurface CO2 storage in active petroleum basins
  • Discriminate between theoretical and realistic storage capacity estimates
  • Knowledge of operational and leakage risks, understand what data is required to prove a storage site will have sufficient capacity, containment and injectivity
  • Overview of emerging CO2 storage regulations

 Who should attend?

 Anyone with an interest in reducing the environmental impact of oil sands development

 The workshop will be suitable for non technical and technical personnel; management, finance, public sector as well as engineers, environmentalists and geoscientists

About your workshop leaders

 David Hughes, Carbon Storage Specialist, Senergy Alternative Energy

David Hughes is a reservoir engineer with 30 years’ experience, currently specialising in carbon storage. He is an expert in the scientific, technical and engineering aspects of enhanced oil recovery processes including hydrocarbon and CO2 injection. He has undertaken design assessments of CO2 EOR and storage projects in offshore and onshore reservoirs and was first involved in such assessments in the 1980s. David was a member of the team at BP on DF1 (the proposed project to inject CO2 captured at a new power station at Peterhead into the Miller field, UK) and is currently engaged on a number of other similar projects. David is a 2008-9 Society of Petroleum Engineers ‘Distinguished Lecturer’ on the subject of Carbon Storage.

 Dr Mark Raistrick Senior Geoscientist, Senergy Alternative Energy

Mark Raistrick’s background includes hands on experience of operational geological CO2 sequestration; collecting, and interpreting monitoring data, and developing geochemical monitoring tools at a number of CO2 sequestration projects, including the IEA GHG Weyburn CO2 EOR and Storage Project and the Pembina Cardium CO2  EOR Pilot in Canada. Since joining Senergy, Mark has advised UK and global clients on CO2 subsurface behaviour during CO2 EOR, CO2 storage monitoring and regulatory issues, CO2 - reservoir geochemical interactions, leakage risk assessment, site selection, and characterisation. Projects include both saline aquifer and depleted gas field sequestration sites and a variety of CO2 EOR studies. Mark is also a member of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) regulatory working group.

About Senergy Alternative Energy

The Senergy Group is a leading integrated energy services company delivering innovative consultancy and operational solutions to more than 100 clients globally, principally in the subsurface oil and gas and alternative energy sectors. Part of the Senergy Group, Senergy Alternative Energy is a leading subsurface CO2 consultancy. Over the last six years Senergy have undertaken more than 40 international carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects from site screening through integrated simulation, risk assessment to monitoring programme design and operational support.  Senergy are recognised experts on storage site identification, characterisation, storage capacity, containment and operational risk assessment and mitigation, storage engineering and simulation, well engineering and monitoring measurement and verification (MMV).  


Workshop programme

13:30 Registration and Coffee

14:00 Introduction

14:15 CO2 Emissions from Oil Sands Production and Upgrading

14:45 Policy and Regulatory Environment, Funding and Incentives

15:15 Afternoon Coffee

15:45 CO2 Geological Storage Options

16:30 Proposed Oil Sands Large Scale CO2 Storage Projects

16:45 Issues and Challenges

17:15 Discussion and Questions followed by Close of Workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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