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CCS – CO2 Storage Management and Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment”

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

CCUS has become an important topic to all of us and this webinar discusses two very important topics crucial to CCUS success; 1) The CO2 Resource Storage Management System (SRMS) sponsored by the SPE and managed by the SPE CCUS Technical Section to develop a standard methodology for estimating, classifying, and categorizing storable quantities that requires containment, and 2) Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – Specification of the Minimum “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment Verification (MMV)” Expectations.

Over the past decade, authors around the world have proposed many methods to describe and systematically estimate storage resources; however, none of these methods have gained global acceptance. The CO2 SRMS has been developed to create a consistent set of definitions and a classification system for international usage. The SRMS will also provide a measure of comparability and reduce the subjective nature of resources estimation. The system defines the major storage resource classes: Stored, Capacity, Contingent Storage Resources, and Prospective Storage Resources, as well as Inaccessible Storage Resources. After the completion of this webinar, the audience should understand each of these classifications or know where to find their definitions. An example application will be presented. Look for the upcoming publication of the Guidelines for Applications of the CO2 SRMS at the end of November.

A key challenge that Regulators face is to specify or approve Testing and Monitoring Programs proposed by Operators and how these programs are integrated with modeling to verify containment. The costs of MMV can be minimized without compromising utility by utilizing sound principles of optimizing monitoring methods. Three key elements will be discussed, risk assessment, modeling, and monitoring which are linked by a process that creates a formal and reproducible approach linking risk assessment to monitoring and further linking monitoring results to successful achievement of project objectives. This method will be demonstrated in several case studies.

The presenters are Dr. Scott Frailey PE, presenting “SPE’s SRMS Framework” and Dr. Susan Hovorka presenting “Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment” with Dr. Lanny Schoeling, PE as moderator. This webinar is a collaboration between SPE, IOGCC, and EDF.

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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Dr. Lanny Schoeling
Dr. Susan Hovorka
Leslie Savage
Scott M. FraileyScott Frailey is a reservoir engineer for the Illinois Geologic Survey, where he is involved with the technical aspects of the CO2 storage and CO2 EOR programs and provides technical expertise in the areas of reservoir characterization and engineering including pressure transient analyses, core analyses, well log analyses, and reservoir modeling. Scott chairs the SPE CO2 Storage Resources Committee that oversees the Storage Resources Management System (SRMS) and SRMS Guidelines. Previously, Scott was an associate professor of petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University and a reservoir engineer at BP Exploration (Alaska). He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana, and member of the SPWLA and SPE.