Unlocking North Sea CO₂ Storage for Europe

Thursday, 12 September 2013 - 10:00am
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This free one-day event will bring together Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) experts from across Europe to debate and define clear actions for developing the North Sea’s CO₂ storage potential.

Establishing CO₂ capture and storage from Europe’s power plants and industrial sources requires lower cost capture together with large-scale transport and access to storage sites with reduced uncertainty. To enable a series of carbon capture and storage projects with global impact, Europe must commercially validate between 3 and 10 gigatonnes of CO₂ storage before 2025. This process can start now.

This working meeting will seek solutions and define practical steps for unlocking the North Sea’s CO₂ transport and storage potential to help the European Union meet its emissions reduction targets.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism
  • Marie Donnelly, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
  • Chris Davies MEP
  • Graeme Sweeney, ZEP
  • Prof Stuart Haszeldine, University of Edinburgh and SCCS Director
  • Niels Peter Christensen, Gassnova
  • Lars Hende, Maersk Oil & Gas
  • Eric Redman, Summit Power
  • Heike Ruetters, BGR

Confirmed chairs for the parallel sessions will be:

  • Jim Lorsong, 2Co Energy
  • Ward Goldthorpe, The Crown Estate
  • Olav Hansen, Statoil

The morning session will feature keynote talks from selected industry, policy and academic experts, who will assess current and potential opportunities for CCS in Europe. A number of important aspects will be explored, including EU and UK ambition; the varying stances of Member States; the availability of funding mechanisms; transport and infrastructure; storage potential; and learning from international success stories.

The afternoon programme will comprise three working meetings, guided by and seeded with experts from across the full CCS chain. These will focus on three themes:

  • Sourcing it: capturing the right volumes of CO₂
  • Getting it there: transporting CO₂ from A to B
  • Storing it: enabling early storage projects

Recommendations resulting from the conference will be published and made available to stakeholders and political leaders by 1 October 2013.

Full programme details will shortly be available from www.sccs.org.uk