Carbon Capture > Subsurface Characterization, Modelling and Monitoring for Geological CO2 Storage - Repurposing Subsurface Petroleum Skills for CCUS - Virtual Instructor Led Training

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

Subsurface Characterization, Modelling and Monitoring for Geological CO2 Storage (formerly known as Repurposing Subsurface Petroleum Skills for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCUS)) is a Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course conducted in an interactive manner.

The VILT course will include presentations by the instructors and interactive quizzes and exercises, including hands-on experience particularly with the exercises. Participants will be required to download and install EasiTool prior to the course commencement.

By the end of this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the regulatory, policy, and financial drivers and constraints for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS)
  • Describe the subsurface requirements for a successful storage project, including similarities and differences with oil and gas exploration.
  • Understand the workflow and perform the key tasks for defining, developing and permitting a CCUS project, including site selection, characterization, risk assessment, and monitoring for operational and post-operational phases.
  • Apply your subsurface knowledge and skills in oil and gas development to the concepts, processes, and workflows of the CCUS industry
  • Tools used will include Excel spreadsheets and Dr Hosseini’s EASiTool, an enhanced analytical simulation tool to estimate CO2 storage capacity in saline aquifers at reservoir and basin-scales.

This VILT course is aimed at subsurface oil and gas professionals and first-level leaders who would like to develop their skills for use in the energy transition, specifically in the emerging industry of carbon capture and geologic storage (CCUS), such as:

  • Geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers and other technical subsurface O&G professionals interested in CCUS
  • First-level leaders and others tasked with developing and/or assuring geologic storage for CCUS projects
  • Recent graduates in petroleum geoscience and reservoir engineering who want to develop skills in CCUS

This VILT course will also benefit professionals from well engineering, petroleum engineering, finance and planning who support exploration activities. Participants are required to prepare a mini-poster (two PowerPoint slides) for the virtual classroom as background material for discussion during the VILT sessions.

  • Intermediate

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 10 minutes per day.

Your first course trainer is a geologist with broad experience in both CCUS and in the petroleum industry.  He held a variety of exploration roles over 16 years with BP, including Advisor in Structural Geology and Head of Discipline for Exploration Structure and Tectonics.  He has worked over 50 basins on 5 continents and taught courses in exploration and structural geology to hundreds of geoscientists in BP and partner companies and universities. Since joining the Gulf Coast Carbon Center in 2019, he has focused on adapting petroleum exploration workflows to defining, screening and de-risking storage sites for CO2.  He has authored reports on site screening for IEAGHG and multi-national companies.  He is currently leading work on subsurface containment risk assessment and mitigation.

Your second course trainer has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from University of Tulsa, OK. He currently holds the Research Scientist position at Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC), The Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin working on various topics related to multiphase fluid flow in porous media. GCCC focuses on CO2 enhanced oil recovery and geologic storage, an essential component of CCUS. His team has led multiple field and laboratory studies on many aspects of the CCUS process, including estimating underground storage capacity, optimizing enhanced oil recovery to both store CO2 and recover oil, designing and implementing commercial monitoring programs, and assessing geosystem response to injection. The most recent projects includes 1) monitoring of West Ranch field where CO2 captured from the largest post-combustion, carbon-capture facility in the world is used for EOR operations and 2) the Gulf of Mexico Partnership for Offshore Carbon Storage, one of the first efforts in the U.S. to assess the geologic layers below the seafloor for CO2 storage.

Your third course trainer is a geochemist who has developed and implemented environmental monitoring programs at several large-scale U.S. Department of Energy CCUS project sites. She led a response team of scientists to assess alleged leakage at the Kerr Farm near the Weyburn CO2 Storage project in Canada. She has collaborated on international projects in Canada, Australia, and Japan and has developed an innovative method for environmental monitoring to satisfy regulatory environmental requirements for CCUS projects. She serves on multiple international CCUS Advisory boards and regularly informs global policy within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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

This course is very useful for those who work as a technical adviser within governments. If someone wants to write a regulation or upgrade regulations, then this course is good for them.

Petroleum Data Analyst, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMRIS), Government of Western Australia

The course is an excellent introduction to CCS. I am glad I have attended the course as it has enhanced my basic understanding of the CCS industry.

Reservoir Engineer, TIMOR GAP

The course was well presented and the content of the course met the objective. I can assess and analyse any CCS project now based on this course.

Principal Reservoir Engineer, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMRIS), Government of Western Australia

The training was excellent especially in striking the balance between being too technical and too general. The contents and learnings are practical and really helps in day to day job and understanding.

Production Technologist, PETRONAS

If you have never done (or have very limited knowledge of) CCUS, this course is recommended for you. The content is very relevant, mind-opening and actually quite easy to follow/learn. And, instructors were excellent.

Reservoir Geophysicist, PETRONAS

It's a good experience and so much knowledge have been acquired during the session.

Petrophysics, PETRONAS

This course help broaden my perspective of CCS field study.

Reservoir Geologist, PETRONAS

Simple and practical class which is really beneficial for new learner like me.

Surveillance Engineer, PETRONAS

Great training consisting from the very basic understanding on the importance of CCS, details from each subsurface discipline, up to business decision making.

Geophysicist, PETRONAS

Excellent course. Well worth the time and will have impact to outcomes. I appreciated the perspective from one of the trainers on Day 1 that part of the purpose of the course is to make connections and build bridges. Even electronically, there was great sharing and I believe the trainers made that possible. Thank you all!

Production Engineer, Shell

The VILT course was planned and executed in an excellent and effective manner

Geologist, Reliance Industries Limited

Training was good and helped me to understand more about CCS/CCUS and monitoring

Geologist, Reliance Industries Limited

The VILT course was very well organised by PetroEdge. It felt like we were in a classroom attending in person with the trainers and other delegates.

Senior Reservoir Operations Engineer, Bridgeport Energy Limited

Very informative and enjoyable course even for a beginner embarking in the CCS/CCUS journey. Kudos for the presenters and Petroedge!

Explorationist, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd

To be able to understand the course material, participants ideally should have a basic subsurface knowledge on core analysis, geology, geochemistry, risk management, and a bit of rock mechanics. Overall, I like this course very much due to the presentation style and the contents being shared by the presenters. Well done!

Senior Reservoir Engineer, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation

The VILT course was very well organized by PetroEdge. It was as if we were in a class room being in person with the trainers and other delegates

Senior Reservoir Operations Engineer, Bridgeport Energy Limited