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Postgraduate Course: Carbon Storage and Monitoring (PGGE11139)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will cover all aspects of the geological storage of CO2 in sufficient depth so that the student can liaise with, understand and coordinate the work of specialists who will be involved in CCS projects, e.g. reservoir engineers, sedimentologists, geochemical modellers, regulators. Topics: CO2 Trapping mechanisms and transport; physical properties; storage in: saline aquifers, depleted hydrocarbon fields & unmineable coal beds; EOR; CO2 injection and modelling; geochemistry of CO2-rock interaction; monitoring and risk; tracers of CO2 migration and leakage (natural and artificial); regulation of storage sites (UK and Europe) and controversies in geological CO2 storage.
Course description Course outline (dates are provisional and are subject to the availability of external speakers):

Wk 1A (Fri 16 Jan): Intro: storage types;
Practical ¿ assess storage volume of various storage mechanisms (Practical 1)
Wk 1B: Physical parameters and storage mechanisms:

Wk 2A (Fri 23 Jan): Saline Aquifers: Site assessment, Capacity estimates, case studies etc
Practical ¿ saline aquifer storage assessment.
Wk 2B: More saline aquifers; Depleted oil / gas fields, unmineable Coal Seams, ECBM, underground coal gasification

Wk 3 (Fri 30 Jan): Water ¿ CO2 ¿ rock interaction
Water - CO2 - rock interaction practical with Phreeqc

Wk 4 (Fri 6 Feb): L1) Monitoring and Verification and
Practical: Calculation of realistic storage volume of an oilfield storage site
L2) Current Issues in Geological storage I (Weyburn; Economides; Earthquakes and Rangely)

Wk 5 (Fri 13 Feb): Student lectures on CCS pilots in World
L2) Intro to assessment

Innovative Learning Week ¿ possible visit to PACT CO2 capture facilities (Sheffield, England) and 1 day geology of Yorkshire Dales (TBC)

Wk 6 (Fri 27 Feb): L1) Enhanced oil recovery ¿ 11.30 to 12.30
L2) 14.00 to 16.00, ECCI, Guest lecturer: Tim Dixon (IEA GHG) on regulation of CCS

Wk 7 (Fri 6 Mar): Guest lecturer: Pete Oswald on drilling, Injection and well design

Wk 8 (Fri 13 Mar): Guest lecturer: Gillian Pickup (Heriot-Watt University) on reservoir simulation

Wk 9 (Fri 20 Mar): Mark Naylor and Katriona Edelmann (UoE): Risk assessment; risk in CCS; and experimental assessment of CO2 in rocks

Wk 10 (Fri 27 Mar): Stuart Gilfillan (UoE): Gas Tracers in CCS
Practical: isotope tracers in Weyburn, Canada
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements have Geological Knowledge or training to a similar level
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPrevious geological training to satisfaction of course organiser
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
1. You will be able to assess capacity of storage and assess suitability of different storage types.
2. You will understand trapping and migration mechanisms.
3. You will understand principles for modelling CO2 injection and migration.
4. You will be able to design appropriate monitoring strategies.
5. You will gain the ability to assess an area for storage potential and to assess a proposed storage scheme.
Reading List
SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage) 2013, Recommendations and Conference 2013 Report, Unlocking North Sea CO2 Storage for Europe: Practical actions for the next five years.

SCCS (Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage) 2011, Progressing Scotland¿s CO2 storage opportunities.

CO2 Aquifer Storage Site Evaluation and Monitoring (CASSEM): Understanding the challenges of CO2 storage: results of the CASSEM Project

Chadwick et al., 2008, Best practice for the storage of CO2 in saline aquifers, BGS occasional publication 14.

Cooper, C., 2009, A Technical Basis for Carbon Dioxide Storage: CO2 Capture Project.

And if you¿ve the entire Xmas vacation to spare:

IPCC (2005) Special Report Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCarbon storage,monitoring,tracers
Course organiserDr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
Course secretaryMr Edwin Cruden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2543
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