CO2 storage - and opportunities for geoscientists

Why exploration geophysical workflows are appropriate for CO2 storage 0

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, London, The Geological Society

The UK has a number of storage sites already licensed, but modelling by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association shows that the currently licensed sites will be full by around 2030 and also it takes 7 years of geophysical work to get a license for a new one. The UK is not short of space but it takes a long time for the necessary studies. We will review the geophysical workflows involved in appraising new CO2 storage sites.

We will look at the "North Sea Transition Deal" agreed with UK oil and gas operators and the UK government, under Offshore Energies UK (formerly Oil and Gas UK) and what it means for CO2 storage and geoscience.

We will explore how the mindset of the exploration geoscientist is required to generate CO2 storage assessments and plan injection operations - including making a seal assessment, CO2 fluid flow dynamics (which are analogous to hydrocarbon migration), understanding geological heterogeneities (facies and structures). Also creative thinking, management of uncertainty, and working with data scarcity.

Geophysics skills can also be useful in monitoring what is happening with CO2 after being injected in the subsurface. Where is it going and is there any risk of a leak. Fibre optic cables in wells can gather acoustic data which can be analysed, and reveal a great deal. But it also involves geophysical expertise.


9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:


Karl Jeffery - editor - Finding Petroleum

Introduction from event moderator

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.

Chris Gent - Policy manager - Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Why it is a good time for geoscientists to get involved in CO2 storage

Talk Description.
CCSA's 2035 delivery plan for CCUS - storage assumptions and model
Why it takes 7 years to get new storage licensed
Adapting current petroleum subsurface workflows to appraise CO2 storage sites.
Why are Geoscientists so key to the successful deployment of the sector?

Chris joined the Carbon Capture and Storage Association in January 2019 after five years working as a Deep Subsurface Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey.

During his time at the British Geological Survey, Chris specialised on offshore CO2 storage site appraisal in the North Sea and East Irish Sea Basins. Chris brings a strong technical understanding of the geological aspects of CCS to the secretariat and is passionate to ensure that strong policy frameworks can be introduced to accelerate CCUS deployment across the UK and Europe.

Carbon Capture and Storage Association
The CCSA is the trade association promoting the commercial deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)

Kareem Shafi - Business adviser - Offshore Energies UK

OEUK North Sea Transition Deal – What does this mean for CCUS and Geoscience?

Kareem Shafi is a Business Advisor at OEUK (Offshore Energies UK), where he started off his career in reserves, reservoirs and wells and is now responsible for the development of OEUK’s technical guidelines and UKCS initiatives associated with CCUS. Kareem has a background in Petroleum Engineering and he’ll be presenting an overview to the North Sea Trasnition Deal and what this would mean for both CCUS and the Geoscience community.

Offshore Energies UK
We represent an integrating offshore energy industry which safely provides cleaner fuel, power and products to everyone in the UK.

Working together with our members, we are a driving force supporting the UK to meet its net zero ambitions. Our innovative companies, people and communities add value to the UK economy.
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits


Geovani Christopher - Geoscience Industry Solutions Advisor - Halliburton Landmark

Geological Storage of CO2: A New Role for Exploration Geoscientists

Talk Description.
To request slides for this presentation, contact Karl Jeffery on

In most CCS operators, storage and CO2 plume assessments are often placed under the responsibility of the company's production team (production geologists and reservoir engineers) based on the assumption that the CO2 operation is a reservoir scale operation requiring the same skills as E&P production.

This talk argues that, especially for saline aquifer storage opportunities, the mindset of the exploration geoscientist is required to successfully generate CO2 storage assessments and plan injection operations. The key skills the explorationist can bring include dealing with data scarcity, generating seal assessment (not purely focusing on the reservoir flow units), CO2 fluid flow dynamics that are more analogous to hydrocarbon migration than production, the importance of geological heterogeneities (facies & structures), creative thinking and management of uncertainty.

Halliburton Landmark
Halliburton Landmark, provides E&P professionals with software-driven lifecycle insights that generate new ideas, actions, and results to maximize asset value. Such insights are derived from digital technology, such as an oil and gas digital twin, which helps take your work to a new level of agility, openness, and collaboration-enabled by innovative and open industry software.

Anna Stork - senior geophysicist - Silixa

Advances in Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) monitoring for CCS projects

Talk Description.
Distributed Acoustic Sensing is done using fibre optic cables in wells, which act as microphones, recording sound made in the well and reservoir as the CO2 is injected.

By analysing this acoustic data, it is possible to get a picture of where the CO2 is travelling to in the reservoir, and ensure it is staying there.

This technology is being increasingly used in CO2 storage sites around the world, including in Australia and Canada. The talk will explain how it is being used and how it works

Silixa provides sensing solutions based on its pioneering distributed sensing technology. Silixa's intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor, iDAS, technology enables high quality digital recording of acoustic waves at every point along many kilometres of optical fibre cable up to frequency >100kHz with a wide dynamic range (>120dB). Silixa's distributed temperature sensor ULTIMA DTS offers the finest temperature of 0.01oC and spatial resolutions of 25cm over a wide operating temperature range.

Robert Hines - Principal advisor, CCUS - Inosys

Making a plan to monitor CO2 storage

Talk Description.

  • Using geophysics knowledge to understand the risk profile of CO2 storage, and so make a monitoring plan
  • Developing an integrated approach to monitoring

Since leaving the Royal Navy, Rob has specialised in offshore energy, in both conventional oil and gas and overseeing large projects in site characterisation and asset integrity for Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). He was the lead for the Energy Technologies Institute store monitoring programme and has recently been working with the IOGP to develop their shallow monitoring guidelines. Rob is the Principal Advisor for CCUS at the geophysical and geotechnical consultancy Inosys Ltd, he is published on the subject and speaks regularly at conferences.

We are experts in geophysics, geotechnics and foundation engineering. We apply fresh thinking, in-depth technical knowledge and experience to make the possible, practical.

And, because we’re truly independent, we can work hand-in-hand with your team and your contractors, finding the safest, most cost-efficient approach at every stage.

Inosys is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified by the British Standards Institute.

13:00 Lunch & Close

Sponsors of this event

Halliburton Landmark
Halliburton Landmark, provides E&P professionals with software-driven lifecycle insights that generate new ideas, actions, and results to maximize asset value. Such insights are derived from digital technology, such as an oil and gas digital twin, which helps take your work to a new level of agility, openness, and collaboration-enabled by innovative and open industry software.

Carbon Capture Journal
Carbon Capture Journal is specifically about developments with industrial scale carbon capture and geological storage technology, with news about the major projects and development with government policy. Informing you about developments in carbon capture, storage, and related government policy, in a way which is clear, useful and won't waste your time

Registered Delegates

Chris Gent
Policy manager
Carbon Capture and Storage Association
Phillip Hicken
Solution Sales Advisor
Halliburton - Landmark
Alex Hicks
Product Manager
S&P Global
United Kingdom
Chris Hughes
CarbonScale UK Limited
Geovani Christopher
Geoscience Industry Solutions Advisor
Halliburton Landmark
Kevin Dale
Specialist : Low Carbon Energy Market Development
Sasol Energy
United Kingdom
george steel
Connect2 LLC
United States
Adrian Heafford
PM Seismic
IHS Markit
United Kingdom
Helena Lewczynska
Sales Manager
Shearwater GeoServices
United Kingdom
Ian Jack
Mostly Retired
United Kingdom
Robert Hines
Principal CCUS advisor
Aaron Lockwood
Software Sales Manager - EAME
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Pom Sabharwal
Region Technical Sales & Solutions Manager - Europe, Eurasia & Sub-Sahara Africa
Landmark - Halliburton
United Kingdom
Anna Stork
Senior Geophysicist
Jane Wheelwright
Technical Application Specialist
United Kingdom
Spyros Dallas
Lloyd's Register
Kristina Sevastianova
Stellae Energy
United Kingdom
Gareth Williams
DHH GeoConsulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Head of Basin Analysis Department
United Kingdom
William David Hartell
Managing Director
Stellae Energy Ltd.
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Events Coordinator
Finding Petroleum
Geoff Reed
United Kingdom
John Weston
Ulysses Petroleum Management
United Kingdom
Karl Jeffery
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Kareem Shafi
Business Advisor
Offshore Energies UK
United Kingdom
James Andrew
Joint Ventures Manager
United Kingdom
Anne-Mette Cheese
Geology Advisor
Gassnova SF
United Kingdom
Chris Furby

Hugh Ebbutt
Associated Director
WSS Energy Consulting
United Kingdom
Patrick Lynch
Landmark Senior Account Manager
Business Development
S&P Global
Peter Sawyer
Business Development Director
WSS Energy Consulting
United Kingdom
Bob Hutagalung
Industry support manager