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Theme 1 – Subsurface Storage

The subsurface storage theme aims to address key technical challenges in assessing geologic reservoirs, estimating storage capacity, injectivity, and containment for the permanent and safe storage of CO2. This includes site-specific to regional evaluations in saline storage, converted oil and gas fields, associated storage through CO2-EOR, and offshore injection. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Reservoir characterization
  • Storage capacity
  • Injectivity
  • Containment
  • Regional assessments
  • Modeling

Theme 2 – CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery

The CO2-EOR theme aims to highlight the benefits of utilizing CO2 for enhanced oil recovery in oil and gas fields: how  CO2-EOR can help solve greenhouse gas emissions and what the future prospects are for this field This could include the use of CO2 to flood new fields, as a secondary or tertiary recovery method, or to explore the redevelopment of a depleted field in both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Field tests
  • Laboratory studies
  • Evaluation of potential fields
  • Transitioning oil fields from “business as usual” Class II CO2-EOR to Class VI geologic storage
  • Operational strategies to maximize CO2 retainment
  • Storage in depleted fields
  • Modeling

Theme 3 – Monitoring

Effective and efficient monitoring of CO2 migration is critical to ensure safe storage and to meet Class VI permit requirements, greenhouse gas reporting requirements, and to satisfy subpart RR requirements for Section 45Q tax credits. Topics under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring plan development
  • Subsurface technologies
  • Lessons learned from oil and gas, and/or field tests

Theme 4 – Risk Assessment

This theme aims to address the potential risks associated with injection and migration of CO2 in both saline and EOR settings to answer the critical concerns regarding the safety, storage, and utilization of CO2. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Geomechanics
  • Pressure
  • Induced seismicity
  • Wellbore integrity
  • Application of NRAP or other risk tools
  • Remediation techniques
  • Site to regional assessments

Theme 5 – Case Studies and Industry Applications

Real-world examples and applications are important to help understand the feasibility of CCUS and develop methods for deployment. This theme highlights case studies and important topics that influence a successful CCUS project. These topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration/pilot-scale tests
  • Large-scale tests and projects
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Economic analyses
  • Commercialization
  • Tax incentives
  • Permitting and policy

Theme 6 – CCUS Internationally: Around the World in 80 Minutes

CCUS projects have been deployed internationally and provide examples of various methodologies, lessons learned, and successes. The purpose of this theme is to highlight such international CCUS projects. Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies, pilot-scale tests, and large-scale tests
  • From capture to storage: a look at the full picture
  • Regulatory requirements and comparisons with U.S. EPA Class VI rules

Theme 7 – Best Practices in CCUS

Theme 8 – Monetization and Economic Considerations for CCUS Projects: A Round Table Discussion