WEBINAR: Lunch and Learn
UiO:Energy would like to invite you to an open lunch where PhDs working within the field of sustainable energy will present their research projects. In this webinar, Heidi Sydnes Egeland from the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law and Camilla Louise Würtzen from the Department of Geosciences will talk about juridical and geological challenges related to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Title of Heidi´s talk: "Why Law Matters for Promoting CCS – examples and challenges"
Politicians all over the world are integrating carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies as part of their climate mitigation policies. The success of these policies largely depend on whether the associated law is fit for purpose.This talk provides a brief introduction to the role of law in promoting CCS by introducing European frameworks that aim to ensure safe CCS and provide economic incentives. Although these instruments aim to encourage large-scale CCS, they still fall short of this ambition in some respects. One example is the uncertainty regarding the use of mobile CO2 transport options – such as ships or trucks. The application of these rules on CCS exhibit a greater challenge in the fight against global warming: the use of a “static” legal tool when promoting evolving technology.
Title of Camilla Louise´s talk: "The search for a Triassic CO2 storage reservoir"
Geo-sequestration (storing carbon dioxide in rocks) represents a potential solution to the problem of increasing CO2 emissions. For such an approach to be effective and safe, there are many criteria to fulfill. The first is to find a suitable host rock, termed reservoir. Reservoirs are most often composed of sedimentary rocks (pebbles, sand and mud). By deciphering the depositional history of the system, it is possible to enhance the predictability of how these different rock types (lithologies) are distributed, and thus ascertain if it possible to inject CO2 safely in high enough quantities to warrant investment.
The Triassic alluvial succession in the eastern Horda Platform (northern North Sea) represents a potential CO2 storage formation. Despite extensive petroleum exploration within the area, the interval remains largely untested and its storage potential poorly understood. A seismic stratigraphic model is built to discern the basin development, but sparse well log data and low seismic resolution means that reservoir quality must be assessed using conceptual predictions and analogue studies.