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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); exercise in assessment of storage potential of assigned area.
Course description Course outline (dates are provisional and are subject to the availability of external speakers):

Wk 1A (Fri 20 Jan): Intro: storage types;
Practical - assess storage volume of various storage mechanisms (Practical 1)
Wk 1B: Physical parameters and storage mechanisms:

Wk 2A (Fri 27 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 3 Feb): Water - CO2 - rock interaction
Water - CO2 - rock interaction practical with Phreeqc

Wk 4 (Fri 10 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 17 Feb): Student lectures on CCS pilots in World
L2) Intro to assessment

Festival of Creative Learning - possible visit to PACT CO2 capture facilities (Sheffield, England) and/or 1 day geology of Yorkshire Dales (TBC)

Wk 6 (Fri 3 Mar): L1) Enhanced oil recovery
L2) Guest lecturer: Tim Dixon (IEA GHG) on regulation of CCS

Wk 7 (Fri 10 Mar): Guest lecturer: Pete Oswald on drilling, Injection and well design

Wk 8 (Fri 17 Mar): Guest lecturer: Gillian Pickup (Heriot-Watt University) on reservoir simulation

Wk 9 (Fri 24 Mar): Mark Naylor and Katriona Edelmann (UoE): Risk assessment; risk in CCS; and experimental assessment of CO2 in rocks

Wk 10 (Fri 31 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 Previous geological training to satisfaction of course organiser
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPrevious geological training to satisfaction of course organiser
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course assessment (100 %) is a report written about the CO2 storage potential of the Inner Moray Firth, an area of the North Sea that is close to the Scottish mainland.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Assess storage capacity of subsurface formations and structures
  2. Understand trapping and migration mechanisms
  3. Critically assess a proposal for a CO2 storage scheme
  4. Be able to design appropriate monitoring strategies
  5. Assess a geographical area for storage potential
Reading List
***Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Smit et al, Imperial College Press, The Berkley Lectures on Energy Vol 1. - the best (only?) textbook on CCS. Consider purchasing.

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 secretaryMiss Susie Crocker
Tel: (0131 6)51 7126
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