About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This 8 half-day Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course covers carbon capture and geological storage of carbon dioxide. Burning fossil fuels for energy is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere. Most anthropogenic (man-made) carbon dioxide is emitted by coal-fired or gas-fired power plants, and significant quantities of carbon dioxide are emitted through the production and separation of carbon dioxide-rich natural gas and industries such as cement, iron and steel. Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, or CCUS, involves the long-term storage of captured carbon dioxide emissions in subsurface geologic formations.

This VILT course covers all aspects of CCUS including transport, storage and monitoring, economics and community engagement. It explores in detail the challenges of the current technology of geological storage, monitoring and verification including examples from working projects around the world. Many of these technologies are commonly employed by the petroleum industry. Successful deployment of CCUS will also require economic incentives, appropriate regulation, clarity on liability issues and acceptance by the community. These aspects of CCUS, and the corresponding opportunities for appropriately skilled organisations and individuals also will be discussed.

Course Content Overview

  1. Context for CCS/CCUS as an emissions-reduction measure
  2. Principles of geological storage
  3. Finding geological storage sites
  4. Stationary sources of carbon dioxide for capture
  5. Carbon dioxide capture technologies
  6. Compression and transport of carbon dioxide
  7. Economics of CCS/CCUS
  8. Community, safety, legal & regulatory issues
  9. Risk assessment

This VILT course is ideally suited for a technical audience (geoscientists, petroleum and chemical engineers) as well as economists, regulators, legal staff and managers wishing to learn more about the details of both the technical, regulatory and socio-economic aspects of carbon capture and storage. The VILT course is presented in an interactive workshop format allowing discussion.

Participants should have:

  • Knowledge of geosciences or petroleum or chemical engineering experience with oil and gas, coal or other energy projects
  • Basic understanding of the energy industry

Your expert course leader is South Australia State Chair in Carbon Capture & Storage, a CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist and sits on the AAPG Advisory Council. He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Cambridge.

Course Content Summary

Topic 1. Climate change and carbon dioxide emission reduction

Topic 2. Geological storage of carbon dioxide

Topic 3. Carbon dioxide capture and transport

Topic 4. Economics of CCS/CCUS

Topic 5. Economic opportunities for CCS/CCUS

Topic 6. Community, safety, legal & regulatory issues; risk assessment