sequestration training, outreach, research & education

STORE at the British Consulate

December 6-7, 2009: The British Consulate in Houston hosted a UK-Texas CSS Technology and Legislation Pre-Workshop Event (before the EOR Carbon Management Workshop) for researchers studying carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) from the United Kingdom and the University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the seminar was to examine perspectives on geological sequestration of CO2 in Texas and United Kingdom and to foster discussion of scientific, technological, workforce and legislative issues associated with CCS.

Dr. May Akrawi, Consul for Science & Innovation, opened the meeting by thanking the attendees for their continued interest in the joint workshop and encouraging collaboration between scientists in the UK and at BEG. Dr. Mike Stevenson, Head of Energy at the British Geological Survey, and Dr. Susan Hovorka, Co-Principal Investigator for STORE at the Bureau of Economic Geology, moderated the workshop. Rebecca Smyth of STORE presented "Case Study: Results of Groundwater Monitoring Decades of Injection." Dr. Tip Meckel of STORE presented "Developing Offshore Storage for Texas." Dr. Jon Olson of STORE discussed the STORE initiative, outreach and energy workshops for teachers. Dr. Steven Bryant, Lead Principal Investigator for STORE at the Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, presented an overview of a recently published paper: Bryant, S. and Olson, J., "Training carbon management engineers: Removing a major hurdle for geologic CO2 storage by increasing educational capacity," Int. J. Greenhouse Gas Control (2009). Olson and Bryant compared notes about university academic programs in carbon sequestration and workforce issues with their UK counterparts, in particular Dr. Jon Gluyas (Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems, Durham University) and Dr. Stuart Haszeldine (Dept of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh).

Pictured above are the Attendees at the UK-Texas CCS Technology and Legislation Pre-Workshop Event. From left to right: Catherine Santamaria (British Consulate), Erin Miller (BEG), Dr. Carey King (Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas), Dr. May Arkawi (British Consulate), Rebecca Smyth (BEG), Dr. Jon Olson (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Dr. Susan Hovorka (BEG), Dr. Tip Meckel (BEG), Dr. John Gluyas (University of Durham), Dr Steve Bryant (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Nick Huerta (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas), Ian Havercroft (University College, London), Dr. Mike Stephenson (British Geological Survey), and Stuart Coleman (BEG).