Carbon Capture and Sequestration Committee Position

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Participate in meetings and conference calls to develop strategies to meet committee goals
  • Volunteer to serve on at least one subcommittee:
    • Events – develops workshops, conference sessions, and Forums to educate SPE members and the industry about CCS issues and technologies.
    • Publications – works with SPE staff to ensure inclusion of CCS articles and papers in JPT, SPE technical journals, and books, as appropriate.
    • Capacity Building and Knowledge Management – works with staff to develop content for online CCS information resources, such as a CCS website or CCS information on
    • Standards – considers how SPE can best contribute to the development of standards related to CCS, either by cooperating in efforts undertaken by other groups or establishing standards.
    • Relationship With Other Groups – Establishes contact points and cooperative relationships with other groups involved in CCS, including the Engineering Founder Societies, AAPG, SEG, IEA, CCLF, and others.
  • Serve on the program committee or as session chair for one CCS event each year.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in areas related to carbon capture and sequestration.
  • Interest in expanding the awareness of and knowledge about CCS technologies within SPE, in the industry, and among the public.

Expected Time Commitment

  • Attend two meetings per year at locations and times selected by the Chairman. These meetings normally last 3 to 4 hours
  • Participate in 1-hour conference calls every 6 to 8 weeks between meetings.
  • Participation on subcommittees and in at least one other CCS activities each year, such as serving on a workshop committee. Time requirement will vary depending on subcommittee and activity.

About the committee

The committee is composed of 8 to 12 members appointed by the President-elect to 3-year terms. The chairman is also appointed by the President-elect to a 3-year term. The Chairman and committee members may be asked to extend their terms beyond 3 years. Strict adherence to terms for this committee is not practiced because of the relatively restricted SPE community involved in CCS.

The oil and gas industry will play a major role in the deployment of CCS as one of the key abatement options for GHG emissions. The Committee is charged with:

  • Developing standards for safe storage, including well drilling, completion and isolation;
  • Liaising with regulating authorities and other industry groups regarding the development of measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) protocols that ensure safety and meeting the requirements for verification of storage protocols;
  • Coordinating with other professional societies, industry and public entities;
  • Promoting technical information exchange on best practices and lessons learned in relation to carbon capture and sequestration;
  • Providing periodic reports to the SPE Board on CCS issues.

To achieve these objectives, the Committee will:

  • Work with other groups to develop standards related to the safe storage of CO2, and to promote the development of innovative technologies for modeling, measurement, and optimization of CO2 storage;
  • Work with the AAPG, EAGE, SEG and organizations such as the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) and the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Program, to ensure coordination and avoid duplication of CCS-related events;
  • Support the development of expertise in the areas related to CCS.

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