CCS 2011

Moving away from generic discussions on technology, our 2011 event offered a unique insight into the bankability of CCS for financiers and industry stakeholders, with contributions from DECC, The Crown Estate, Shell, Societe Generale, Lloyds and many more. Attracting over 70 international CCS experts, it was one of the leading CCS forums of 2011 receiving excellent feedback from industry leaders, hosted in the excellent surroundings of The Brewery, Chiswell St.

Key speakers included
•    Mr Nick Otter (Former CEO Global CCS Institute)
•    Dr Pierre Dechamps (European Commission)
•    Mr Jacek Podkanski (EIB)
•    Dr Arne de Kock (Shell)
•    Ms Rachel Crisp (DECC)
•    Mr Alan White (Lloyds Bank)
•    Mr Issam Badri (Societe Generale)
•    Mr Peter Whitton (Progressive Energy)
•    Mr Lewis Gillies (2Co Energy)
•    Dr Andy Bedford (Peel Energy)
•    Dr Ward Goldthorpe (The Crown Estate)
•    Mr Paul Sullivan (National Grid)
•    Mr Bill Senior (Senior CCS)

The event opened with an introductory speech from our chair Mr Nick Otter OBE, followed by our first session on The Future Energy Mix: Post Fukashima. Kieron Stopforth (BNEF) set the context for CCS in the wider energy sector, enabling a balanced review of the CCS sector. Pierre Dechamps (European Commission) followed with a detailed presentation on the current progress of the decarbonisation 2050 roadmap and an update on the NER300 timings and modalities. Rachel Crisp (DECC) then provided the perspective of the UK government, stating the UK's leading role in the CCS industry and the government's commitment to promoting this industry. A wider, global view of CCS development was provided by John Kessels (IEA Clean Coal Centre), with a focus on projects in China and comparisons to potential markets in Brazil and India (industrial applications). This session was rounded up with a panel discussion chaired by Robin Smale (Vivid Economics), debating the future policy direction and necessary commitments to drive this industry forward, including the participation of all speakers and Jacek Podkanski (EIB) and Chris Littlecott (Green Alliance).

Mr Podkanski opened the next session - Bankability of CCS - with a presentation on the role of the EIB providing loans for CCS projects. The floor was then offered to 3 NER300 applicants to present on the challenges they face and how they believe CCS projects are bankable (Peel Energy, 2Co and Rhead Group - Longannet). These issues were carried into the subsequent panel discussion hosted by Peter Whitton (Progressive Energy), and allowed questions from the audience regarding the bankability of CCS and the future of the Demonstration projects.
Continuing the theme of Bankability, the following session provided a stage for the financiers' perspective. Opened with Issam Badri (Societe Generale) and followed by Angela Whelan (Ecofin), this session looked at Private Financing for CCS projects and how capital could be mobilised, hosted by Paul Zakkour (Carbon Counts) with additional contributions from Lloyds and Investec.

Public Opinion was a recurring theme through all of the sessions and it was discussed in detail in the final session of Day 1. Nicolas Becuwe (TNS Opinion) provided an interesting presentation on the awareness of EU citizens of CCS, notably it was very low. This was aptly followed by an engaging presentation from Catherine Morgan (The University of Edinburgh) on a unique project promoting CCS awareness in Scottish Schools. The session was closed with a panel discussion, asking the question Does CCS need a PR campaign? Hosted by Derek Taylor (Global CCS Institute), with contributions from the previous speakers and Carolyn Vannan (SEPA).

Attention then moved to the evening cocktail reception, which provided a more informal environment for the exchange of ideas and business cards.

Day 1 provided an excellent forum for debate and discussion with contributions from the audience throughout the day's proceedings; this was continued through to day 2, when the topics moved to the challenges of Transportation and Storage.

Chaired by Bill Senior, Day 2 was opened with 2 engaging presentations on the Rotterdam and Humber CCS Hubs (Barend van Engelenburg and Stephen Brown). Providing the context for future development of CCS infrastructure in Europe, Matthew Guite (JP Kenny) reminded us that CO2 poses a significant risk when transported under pressure and that planning risks need to be taken into consideration. This session on transportation infrastructure was closed with a panel discussion with additional support from Paul Sullivan (National Grid) and Paul Zakkour (Carbon Counts).

Attention then moved to CO2 storage, with a focused session sponsored by The Crown Estate. Michael Stephenson (BGS) opened the discussion with an excellent presentation on the suitability and long term security of sites. This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Arne de Kock (Shell) with contributions from Ward Goldthorpe (The Crown Estate), Grahame Smith (Senergy) and Bill Senior (Senior CCS). The discussion took some excellent questions from the floor and focused on the issues of liability and potential CO2 leaks.

Day 2 closed with 2 presentations from current PhD students Olivia Errey (SCCS) and Yang Wei (NCCCS), providing informative and cutting edge perspectives on the CCS industry, including CCS on Gas and effects of CO2 leakage on soils. The event closed with an excellent closing summary from Chairman Bill Senior.

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