In the second of two articles on our 'virtual visit' to Australia, we look at how CSIRO, the national science agency, works with other government bodies and with industry to provide multi-level support for CCS and other subsurface geology projects. We also present short profiles of the projects we visited.
In the first of two articles on our 'virtual visit', we explore our key findings from Australia's considerable experience in CCS. Its significant resources sector has created an economic impetus for deployment of CCS, with projects that are several years ahead of Europe in many respects.
In September 2019, a group of senior scientists from the SECURe project took to the road in the US and Canada to visit examples of good practice in CO2 storage and unconventional hydrocarbons projects. The team met operators, regulators and fellow researchers. The trip exceeded expectations: the opportunity to visit industrial-scale operations, which do not yet exist in Europe, was an important learning experience for the team and the hosts’ openness and willingness to share information was much appreciated.
With its big open spaces, low density population and oil and gas production firmly rooted in its identity, Katarzyna Iwinska’s first impression was that Canada’s Alberta province was too different to compare to her native Poland.
The Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) sociologist was part of a group of senior researchers from SECURe, who undertook a 10-day fact-finding tour of North America to gather examples of best practice in geoenergy projects.