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Carbon Capture Use and Storage – Making Energy and Industrial Processes More Sustainable

Energy Opportunities Forum

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Due to Hurricane Laura’s landfall and severe weather conditions affecting panelists and attendees located on the US Gulf Coast, AAPG and EPF have postponed the Energy Opportunities Forum on Carbon Capture and Storage originally set for August 27. Please plan to join us to enjoy the same content at the same time on Thursday, 10 September.

Join experts from industry, government and academia for an interactive panel discussion featuring the environmental, economic and societal implications of Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS), a technology designed to reduce CO2 emissions across the energy system. Panelists from North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific will share global best practices and discuss the benefits that CCUS brings both to the environment and to companies who include the technology in their portfolio.

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Dig deeper and join the discussion after the panel by registering for one of our Virtual Roundtable discussions facilitated by Executive Forum panelists in virtual breakout rooms. Roundtables offer a more personal experience for participants, who can use their microphones and cameras throughout the. Breakout rooms open 10 minutes following the panel discussion and will be open for one hour.

A separate registration for roundtables is required in order to secure participant security. Visit our registration page to to see roundtable topics and sign up for your selected session.

Technical Issues Related to CO2 Storage Site Selection

Moderated by Nigel Jenvey, Gaffney Cline & Associates

Roundtable topics:
  • Source to sink matching
  • Site characterization (CO2 storage capacity, injectivity, containment)
  • Site closure and remediation
  • Risk assessment

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Comparing and Contrasting CCUS Commercialization in the Global Marketplace

Moderated by Charles McConnell, Center for Carbon Management in Energy, University of Houston

Roundtable topics:
  • What is a “commercial” CCUS project?
  • North American vs. European vs. Asia/Pacific approaches to:
      Carbon tax/carbon trading
    • Licensing and regulatory perspectives
    • Liability issues
    • Social license to operate

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CCUS Monitoring and Verification

Moderated by Katherine Romanak, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Roundtable topics:
  • What should we be monitoring?
  • How much monitoring is enough?
  • Who should bear the cost of monitoring?
  • How do we best address uncertainty to the satisfaction of the various stakeholders?
  • Is monitoring critical for obtaining social license to operate?

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Forum Panelists



John Kaldi

Professor Emeritus at University of Adelaide, Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources, South Australia State Chair in Carbon Capture & Storage

John Kaldi is Professor Emeritus at the Australian School of Petroleum & Energy Resources at the University of Adelaide. He has 40 years’ experience working in the energy sector, both in industry and academia.

A renowned CCUS expert, Kaldi has served as South Australia State Chair in Carbon Capture and Storage and CO2CRC Distinguished Scientist.

He has served as Vice President of International Regions and of the Chair of the House of Delegates for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Kaldi has a both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Geology/Earth Science from Queens College/City University of New York and a PhD in Geology from the University of Cambridge.



Nigel Jenvey

Global Head of Carbon Management, Gaffney, Cline & Associates.

Nigel Jenvey has more than 24 years of global oil and gas industry experience with major oil and gas operating companies.

At Gaffney, Cline & Associates, he leads the global Carbon Management practice by providing independent and confidential advice on carbon intensity, methane management, carbon markets, CCUS and green finance.

Before joining Gaffney, Cline & Associates, Jenvey led CCUS initiatives at BP, Maersk Oil and Shell.

He is an industry leader in Carbon Management and expert in Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) having previously held roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section, and most recently Alternate Chair to the National Petroleum Council CCUS Study Coordinating Subcommittee.

Jenvey has a Mining Engineering degree from the University of Leeds and a Master’s of Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London.



Charles McConnell

Executive Director for Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability University of Houston

Charles McConnell is Executive Director for Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability at the University of Houston (UH), where he coordinates a campus-wide effort to address marketplace challenges in the energy industry. He works closely with UH energy industry partners in oil and gas, petrochemicals, and the electric power markets to collaborate on new technologies, policies and business models for the future.

Prior to joining UH Energy, McConnell was the executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University.

He served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy in the US Department of Energy from 2011-2013 and was responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the department's coal, oil and gas, and advanced technologies programs, as well as for the operations and management of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the National Energy Technologies Laboratories.

McConnell currently serves on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board and serves on a number of boards and positions related to clean energy.

He holds a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University.



Carlo Procaccini

Head of Technology, UK Oil and Gas Authority

Carlo Procaccini is the Head of Technology of the UK Oil and Gas Authority, and his remit covers technology and innovation for UKCS, from R&D to field deployment. He has over 20 years of experience in Oil and Gas projects and operations, both in downstream and E&P.

Prior to joining the OGA, Carlo worked for Schlumberger, both in the UK and internationally. Carlo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer.



Katherine Romanak

Research Scientist at Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Romanak is an expert in environmental monitoring at geologic CO2 storage sites and has developed and implemented environmental monitoring programs at several U.S. Dept. of Energy Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership sites.

Romanak has worked internationally at CO2 storage sites in Canada, Japan, and Australia, and is a member of the International Steering Committees for the IEAGHG Monitoring and the Environmental Science Networks.

She regularly informs global policy within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has informed the U.S. Congress on environmental monitoring at geologic CO2 storage sites. She is passionate about working with developing countries to build their national CCS programs.

Romanak has a Bachelor’s in Geological and Earth Sciences from Southern Methodist University, A Master’s in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Geosciences from The University of Texas at Austin.


Carbon Capture Use and Storage – Making Energy and Industrial Processes More Sustainable
Houston, TX
Houston, Texas
United States

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