Carbon Capture > Advanced CO2 Storage Course & Site Visit

About this Training Course

This 3-day Advanced CO2 Storage Course will give you powerful insights and skills that can be applied instantly to CO2 storage site selection, development and operations.

Designed for CO2 storage site project managers, senior geologists and engineers and delivered by world-class experts, this course focuses on building a high-performance CO2 storage site development team and enhancing individual subsurface storage skills.

This course will delve into the detailed technical considerations in the selection and development of a CO2 storage site, including topics such as geological modelling, risk analysis, subsurface monitoring, and long-term verification. Further, consideration of regulatory requirements, environmental impacts and storage economics are also addressed. Participants will gain a profound understanding of the similarities and, significantly, the crucial differences in the development of a CO2 storage site compared to oil and gas site development, using site-specific case studies that CO2CRC have used to hone their CO2 storage skills. This course will equip participants with the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of CO2 storage confidently, elevating their skills and knowledge in this pivotal field through engaging workshop-style lessons and practical applications.

This Advanced CO2 Storage course also includes a field trip to western Victoria to visit Otway International Test Centre (OITC) and see the nearby 12 apostles. The OITC is where groundbreaking CO2 storage technology and industry expertise converge. Participants will gain an unparalleled opportunity to gain firsthand insights into the latest advancements shaping our industry and access state-of-the-art facilities and real-world testing scenarios. The Otway International Test Centre transforms this training course into an immersive, forward-looking experience that empowers participants to see CO2 storage developments in action.  

Various countries have established and put into practice regulations pertaining to the geological storage of CO2 over recent years. These global regulatory frameworks are multifaceted and are reflective of a wide range of domains across which CCS has relevance. Understanding the variety of regulatory strategies in different regions is crucial to ensure the successful deployment of CCS projects. A key component of this course will examine the regulatory framework supporting CCS in a variety of jurisdictions including the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, as well as frameworks across the Asia Pacific. Via a workshopped example, the course will highlight the key milestones and challenges associated with each jurisdiction. 

Course Inclusions:

  • Twenty (20) hours of visual and verbal learning, and CO2 storage field experience facilitated by CO2 storage experts.
  • Hard copy of presentation materials at the start of the course
  • Digital copy of all presentation materials after the course
  • Digital certificate of attendance for all attendees
  • Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on 1st and 2nd days
  • Meals throughout the visit to the Otway International Test Centre

Course Structure:

   • Day 1 – Basin screening, geological modelling, and reservoir modelling; all utilising relevant CO2 storage case studies
   • Day 2 – Risk management, storage monitoring techno-economic design, and contingency planning; all utilising relevant CO2 storage case studies
   • Day 3 – Early rise to see 12 Apostles, followed by site tour of the Otway International Test Centre.

This training course is suitable and will greatly benefit:

  • Project Managers seeking to increase their knowledge of CO2 project development.
  • Senior geologists, reservoir engineers, subsurface engineers, geophysicist, subsurface petroleum engineers and well engineers

Prior knowledge of Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS) will be required, and we strongly recommend undertaking our fundamental CCUS or general CO2 storage course before undertaking this progression in developing CO2 storage capabilities. Attendees will gain advanced knowledge of the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of CO2 storage and the invaluable opportunity to apply this in developing commercial CO2 storage projects both in Australia and Internationally.

Your first course instructor has over 22 years’ experience in petroleum & carbon capture and storage (CCS), working in academic, industry and R&D management sectors, gaining insights from a variety of countries and business types. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of Adelaide. He has held various Post-Doctoral and Senior Research positions at the University of Adelaide, examining geochemical and risk management processes for CO₂ storage, and worked for BP, London in 2008, in their CCS business unit, supporting BP as it developed international commercial scale CCS projects. He joined CO2CRC in 2012 and progressed through various roles including Storage Program Manager, Business Strategy Manager, and Senior Manager – Technology Development. He is accountable for planning, executing & implementing decarbonisation technologies for intensive industries, with a particular focus towards applied storage technology demonstration. His work enables CO2CRC to translate innovative, user driven technologies from bench to field scale. In addition, he is the science lead for CO2CRC’s latest Otway International Test Centre demonstration on storage optimisation (Otway Stage 4). He is Australia’s Delegate for the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, a Ministerial-level international climate change initiative. He holds a strong passion for developing and delivering pragmatic and sustainable technical solutions to reduce CO₂ emissions.

Your second course instructor is a Senior Geophysicist with 20 years of international experience in petroleum and CCS industries. He received his Master’s degree in Petroleum Geosciences at Imperial College, London and completed his PhD in Geophysics at Curtin University. He has worked for National Oil Companies in the Middle East, operators in SE Asia and directed an international consultancy in Australia for a decade prior to joining the global CCS leader CO2CRC. He has experience in seismic data acquisition, processing and static modelling of geological data in Australasia, South America and the Middle East. His research interests are the sealing potential of shales and innovative seismic techniques such as Fibre Optics.

Your third course instructor is a Senior Reservoir Engineer with CO2CRC where he is currently undertakes reservoir modelling for Otway Stage 4 CO2 injection experiments at the Otway International Test Centre. He is a key member of the CO2CRC-led Australian CCS Regulatory Affairs Task Force, a technical peer reviewer for the IEAGHG’s R&D programme and was also awarded the best oral presentation at the APPEA 2023 conference.  He also supports CO2CRC’s consulting arm (CO2Tech) performing various CCUS-focused studies including dynamic modelling for CO2 storage assessments and has experience reviewing monitoring, measurement and verification plans for several international clients. He holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Manchester, UK and an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Aberdeen, UK. Prior to joining CO2CRC, He worked as a reservoir engineer for Woodside Energy and has previously worked in a variety of consulting roles including at EY.

Your fourth course instructor is a versatile Geoscience professional with 8 years of experience spanning various sectors, holding a PhD in Geology along with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. She has worked as a Production Geologist and Exploration Geologist at ExxonMobil Australia, where she gained global experience across multiple geological basins. Prior to this, she served as a Geologist at the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA), contributing to the oversight of the regulatory framework for petroleum activities in offshore Australia. At CO2CRC, she has combined her extensive regulatory and geological expertise as a Techno-Regulatory Advisor. In this capacity, she provides techno-regulatory guidance to CCS project proponents and has delivered CCS regulatory educational courses to government professionals.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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Learn what past participants have said about EnergyEdge training courses

I lead the strategy for the South West Hub Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, an initiative focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions in Western Australia. At its Otway National Research Facility CO2CRC has safely demonstrated the end-to-end process of CCS. This work satisfies best practice methods for operators and provided confidence to regulators, government and the community that CCS is safe and reliable. Otway has been a great resource for the CCS community as an example of how CCS can operate both as a storage facility and within a community. I have been able to draw on CO2CRC’s experience for assistance in the Western Australian project and also used Otway as a resource to take visitors to the site. CO2CRC’s research has provided evidence that CCS is a viable option for reducing emissions and made my job on the South West Hub project easier.

Coordinator of Carbon Strategy at Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Government of Western Australia

As a storage research leader in the US, I have found that the CO2CRC’s Otway program is a valuable collaborator and source of innovative data that broadens the global experience with this new technology. The initial Otway experiment, which showed successful methods as well as barriers to plume tracking in a depleted gas reservoir was a valuable contributor to the international state-of-knowledge. The following highly successful and well-published experiments in saline aquifer settings have advanced modeling and monitoring technologies. I highly value the creativity and technical skill of the technical team and their generosity in sharing knowledge and expertise with their global counterparts and always look forward to the next data review opportunity.

Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin