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CSLF Technical Group Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 2015.

CSLF Technical Group Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 2015.

The Technical Group is responsible for carrying out the following functions of the CSLF:

  • Identify key technical, economic, environmental and other issues related to the achievement of improved technological capacity.
  • Identify potential areas of multilateral collaboration on carbon capture, transport and storage technologies.
  • Foster collaborative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects reflecting Members' priorities.
  • Assess regularly the progress of collaborative projects and make recommendations to the Policy Group on the direction of such projects.
  • Establish and regularly assess an inventory of the potential areas of needed research.
  • Facilitate technical collaboration with all sectors of the international research community, academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations.
  • Consider approaches to address issues associated with the above functions.

The Technical Group will:

  • Recommend collaborative projects to the Policy Group.
  • Set up and keep procedures to review the progress of collaborative projects.
  • Follow the instructions and guidance of the Policy Group on required tasks and initiatives to be undertaken.

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 green arrow CSLF Technology Roadmap
   (Revised in 2013)
As part of its mission under the CSLF Charter to "identify promising directions for research," the CSLF Technical Group has produced a Technology Roadmap that is intended to act as a guide for the CSLF and its Members in describing possible routes to future carbon dioxide capture, transport and storage needs. This Roadmap will indicate areas where the CSLF can make a difference and add value through international collaborative effort.


CSLF Technical Group Activities


The CSLF Technical Group is comprised of world-class experts in the areas of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, CO2 storage, CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR), and other forms of CO2 utilization. It has been active, via task forces and working groups, in many areas related to carbon capture and storage (CCS). At the CSLF Ministerial in November 2015 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the CSLF Technical Group recommended three new taskforces for the Technical Group to pursue: offshore CO2-EOR; bioenergy with CCS; and improved pore space utilization.


Offshore CO2-EOR

Lead: Norway

Offshore CO2-EOR has not really taken hold, with only one large-scale project in Brazil underway. The reasons for the slow adoption of this technology may be many, including different reservoir characteristics than onshore; higher recovery rates in many offshore fields than onshore thus lowering benefits; fewer wells due to horizontal drilling; and expensive modification on platforms. This task force will summarize the current state of the technologies involved, including the additional monitoring techniques that may be applied offshore CO2-EOR, which will position the CSLF to better encourage its members to implement these technologies.

Bioenergy with CCS

Lead: United States

Biomass power generation or biomass to fuels has the potential for negative carbon emissions when combined with CCS. This task force will look at the current global status of biomass applications and the potential application of CCS and technology gaps or challenges.

Improved Pore Space Utilization

Leads: Australia and the United Kingdom

With the straightforward manner of CO2 injection, in particular for saline formations, a large portion of available pore space in a geological storage site is bypassed. Being able to improve pore space utilization may be very beneficial in terms of increased storage capacity, reduced monitoring costs, and increased ability for ‘hub’ style storage operations. Options include: optimizing well(s) configuration and orientation; targeted injection in regions of higher heterogeneity, lower permeability, and/or higher residual trapping potential; plume steering; pressure management; and alternating injection of CO2 gas and CO2 dissolved in water. This task force will investigate the various published options, and review the effectiveness and readiness of these techniques to improve the pore space utilization. Results will be a set of options for stakeholders to develop into their storage projects.

In addition to the three new areas of work mentioned above, the CSLF Technical Group manages and executes efforts under the CSLF Project Interaction and Review Team (PIRT).

Lead: Australia

The CSLF PIRT has the main responsibility of engaging sponsors of CCS projects. Learnings from these projects are key elements to knowledge sharing which will ultimately assist in the acceleration of the deployment of CCS technologies. PIRT responsibilities include:

    • Assessing projects proposed for recognition by the CSLF and making recommendations to the Technical Group on whether a project should be accepted for recognition by the CSLF;

    • Reviewing the CSLF project portfolio and identifying synergies, complementarities and gaps, providing feedback to the Technical Group;

    • Providing input for further revisions of the CSLF Technology Roadmap and responding to the recommended priority actions identified in the Roadmap;

    • Identifying where it would be appropriate to have CSLF recognized projects;

    • Fostering enhanced international collaboration for CSLF projects;

    • Ensuring a framework for periodically reporting to the Technical Group on the progress made on CSLF projects;

    • Organizing periodic events to facilitate the exchange of experience and views on issues of common interest among CSLF projects and providing feedback to the CSLF; and

    • Managing technical knowledge sharing activities with other organizations and with CSLF-recognized projects.