CCUS – Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage

Facilitating the Energy Transition through Decarbonization

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Carbon

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GLJ is a global leader in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) evaluation, offering specialized services to meet your unique business goals. With over 50 years of experience in energy evaluations and 30 years of expertise in CCUS and CCS, our dedicated team provides customized solutions for your needs. Our comprehensive services include site screening and environmental assessments, geological modeling, dynamic simulation, independent evaluations, economic modeling, monitoring, and storage capacity certification.  GLJ’s extensive experience in CCS, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), gas storage, and reservoir surveillance gives our clients confidence in their business plans.

At GLJ we help bring CCS projects to life. Our dedicated team of CCS specialists provide the expertise that you need to define your CCS strategy and assess your projects. GLJ has produced these maps to serve as an easy point of reference for analysing the CCS global landscape.

There are two main streams of carbon capture, CCUS and CCS where the “U” stands for Utilization. The pure sequestration or CCS projects take the anthropogenic CO2 and permanently sequester it in deep saline reservoirs or depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. For CCUS cases CO2 is captured and transported for injection into EOR schemes. For many years the CO2 injected was not anthropogenically sourced but as emissions reductions have become a top priority in recent years these schemes are now sourcing anthropogenic CO2.

GLJ has over 25 years of Canadian and international experience in the evaluation of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes. EOR experience includes the application of waterflooding, gas and CO2 injection, cyclic steam stimulation (CSS), steam flooding, and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), as well as polymer and Alkali-Surfactant Polymer (ASP) flooding.

Our more recent work with CCS has been extensive, as our global client base aims to further investigate and invest in it’s potential as a key component of their emissions reduction strategies. GLJ holds important relationships with organizations with different skillsets so that we may offer clients an integrated project team capable of evaluating all aspects of the CCS value chain.

The CCUS Process – 4 Major Steps

  1. Capture: The separation of CO2 from other gases produced at large industrial process facilities such as coal and natural-gas-fired power plants, steel mills, cement plants, and refineries.
  2. Transport: Once separated, the CO2 is compressed and transported via pipelines, trucks, ships or other methods to a suitable site for geological storage.
  3. Utilization: Captured CO2 is utilized in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes into carefully selected hydrocarbon reservoirs via an injection well. Oil production is enhanced by forcing the unrecovered petroleum within the pore space to production wells which increases the rate of recovery.
  4. Storage: CO2 is injected into deep underground rock formations, usually at depths of one kilometer or more.

GLJ has created a “One Stop” model whereby our dedicated team of CCUS specialists can provide the expertise needed to define your CCUS strategy and assess your projects. This creates workflow efficiencies between internal teams and reduces costs.

Iterative process to reduce uncertainty and de-risk CCUS projects

GLJ has created a “One Stop” model whereby our dedicated team of CCUS specialists can provide the expertise needed to define your CCUS strategy and assess your projects. This creates workflow efficiencies between internal teams and reduces costs.

  • Subsurface Screening & Candidate Identification
  • Stakeholder Consultation & Regulatory Planning
  • Reservoir Evaluation & Modelling
  • Field Development & MMV Planning
  • Economic Modelling & Scenario Analysis
  • Audit & Assurance SRMS, MMV, ESG Reporting etc.

Alberta CO2 Storage Hubs & Major Emitters

The government of Alberta has approved 25 exploration licenses for CO2 sequestration in saline aquifers (Map 1). These licences were awarded by the government through an RFPP (Request for Full Project Proposal) process whereby proponents had to submit proposals which demonstrated the business model, design & location and ability to execute. The 25 successful projects have now been granted the right to evaluate the awarded pore space within five years. By overlying the project outlines with large point source emissions, the future of Alberta carbon sequestration hub system is more visible (Map 2).

Gulf Coast Screening – Depleted Gas Reservoirs

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