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Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation

Viable Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation (CCUS) technology has been around for a surprisingly long time. The oil and gas industry is one of the earliest adopters of CO2 injection, with E&P companies utilising it since the 1970s to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance oil production.

The 2016 Paris climate agreement established goals aimed at keeping the global temperature increase significantly below 2 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the most severe consequences of climate change. Furthermore, numerous regions have declared their intentions to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050.

According to the latest projections by the IEA, to deliver deep emissions reductions and limit global temperature increases to 2°C by 2060, 14% of cumulative emission reductions must be derived from CCUS technologies.

If the world is to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement, CCUS needs to capture at least a fifth of CO2 emitted by the fossil fuel industry by 2050. Currently, this stands at less than 4%.

The Carbon Capture and Storage momentum is building

While CCUS technology implemetation is on rise, CCS does present challenges. What sets it apart from the conventional E&P lifecycle is the requirement to predict and understand the behaviour of the subsurface not only during injection but also for the long term storage of CO2.

Regulatory oversight of these operations poses additional demands on organisations, with increased scrutiny on monitoring and verification of capture, transport and storage methods.

A positive legacy of the hydrocarbons sector towards impactful climate change is the use of its expertise and experience to convert deep, largely empty reservoirs as safe and secure sanctums for CO2.

Challenges with “going green”

Transitioning to net-zero on a company scale can be just as intimidating as the bigger national picture. Often, kickstarting a decarbonisation journey can be the toughest step, with challenges including:

  • Difficulty identifying suitable carbon reduction and clean energy solutions for your business
  • How to successfully and cost-effectively reduce carbon footprint for existing infrastructure
  • A limited understanding of the risk profile associated with energy transition and suitable mitigation techniques
  • Lack of in-house expertise and capabilities to assess and successfully implement sustainable solutions
  • Limited understanding of requirements to ensure compliance with regulations and legislation
  • Difficulty in determining the actual projected revenue that will be acquired through energy transition initiatives

A source of independent subsurface and drilling expertise right across CCUS planning and delivery

Many of our clients are pressing ahead and with the support of AGR are bringing together the skill sets required to deliver CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) projects and overcome these challenges.

They have chosen AGR because we provide a wide range of expertise across the scientific, technological and operational hurdles they face.

It is a specialist resource that has been built up as part of our business for over 20 years. During this time we have worked with operators and government bodies globally, supporting them in their drive to reduce COemissions through CCS technology.

Our clients look to us as a trusted partner within the disciplines of geoscience, reservoir and drilling, compliance, HSE, facilities and cost engineering.

Why appoint AGR to support CO2 storage site investments?

We offer our clients:

  • Unrivalled experience with relevant studies related to CO2 injection and storage
  • A highly experienced team within geology and geophysics, reservoir, production, well integrity and drilling management
  • Vast experience with static and dynamic modelling including uncertainty analysis and risk assessments
  • Genuine strength in depth, breadth in quality and cutting-edge expertise. Many of our experts have experience working for operating companies and are therefore fully in tune with client priorities
  • A flexible and dynamic team of specialists, handpicked based on a client’s exact requirements
  • Full project management and integrated teams that provide productive and efficient deliveries that help keep total costs down.

Working across the full Carbon Transport and Storage spectrum

We operate and maintain CCS projects over the long term – from vessel evaluation, subsurface through to full drilling project management and third-party verification, asset repurposing and to ensure COremains underground.

Our clients receive expertise in key stages:

  • Feasibility studies – including petrophysics, reservoir modelling and simulation of CO2 plume movement, CO2 well costing
  • Storage site screening and characterisation for potential CO2 storage
  • Independent third-party storage evaluations
  • Geological assessment and mitigation of the risks associated with CO2 leakage
  • Subsurface evaluation in certification for CO2 storage sites according to ISO27914
  • Evaluation of repurposing production wells to CO2 injection wells
  • Well integrity assessments for depleted oil and gas fields to be converted to CO2 storage sites
  • Well design and drilling management of CO2 storage wells
  • Vessel design and engineering for CO2 transportation

During decades spent working in this field we have supported clients who see CCS a driver of growth, business development and as a means of lowering their carbon footprint. We have worked with operators and government bodies globally, on a range of assignments – from feasibility studies to assessing potential reservoirs, through to drilling, completing and injection tests or COwells.

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    Case studies

    Expert due diligence of CO2 storage site leads to next step at world’s first total Blue Hydrogen supply chain project


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    A group of major Australian and Japanese energy companies joined forces to form the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) consortium...

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    Feasibility study assesses suitability of injection wells for CCS project in the Asia Pacific region


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    Our Well Control and Well Integrity team of experts were tasked to assess well control contingency of CO2 injection wells...

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    Digital Large Scale Aquifer Models Help Improve Hydrocarbon Production Strategies


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    AGR supports Norway’s Petroleum Directorate on developing digital large scale aquifer models of a large section of the North Sea...

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    AGR executes smooth abandonment operation at Australian CO2 appraisal well


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    AGR’s Australian team were engaged by the Victorian Government to execute the abandonment of the region’s first offshore CO2 sequestration...

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    Advancing CCS for Australia - AGR drills Australia's first offshore CO2 appraisal well


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    All eyes were on this well at Australia’s first offshore Greenhouse Gas (GHG) storage site as part of the CarbonNet...

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    AGR develops perforation strategy for injecting CO2 into saline aquifer


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    AGR’s Reservoir Management team combines nodal analysis with thermal fracturing models to develop a perforation strategy for injecting CO2 into a...

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