A Portfolio of Commercial-Scale Carbon-Capture-and-Storage Demonstration Projects

Fig. 1—The Peterhead power station and project overview.

A major oil company is progressing a portfolio of commercial-scale carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) demonstration projects covering an array of technologies that target applications of relevance to the wider oil and gas industry. A number of key learnings have been obtained on the technology-deployment and the critical-project-development aspects of the different project phases. This paper provides an overview of these learnings, with a specific focus on the issues faced by CCS-project developers.


Over the last decade, the company, with its partners, has been helping to advance CCS through a series of CCS demonstration projects. The operator’s CCS commercial and project portfolio includes

  • The Quest project, which is the first CCS project of commercial scale in the heavy-oil industry
  • The Peterhead CCS project, which, if realized, could be the world’s first commercial-scale, full-chain project to demonstrate the feasibility of CCS at a gas-fired power station

This paper explores in detail the Quest project and the Peterhead project, the latter being currently in the front-end ­engineering and design phase.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper IPTC 18469, “A Portfolio of Commercial-Scale CCS Demonstration Projects,” byW. Maas, M. de Nier, T. Wiwchar, and B. Spence, Shell, prepared for the 2015 International Petroleum Technology Conference, Doha, Qatar, 7–9 December. The paper has not been peer reviewed. Copyright 2015 International Petroleum Technology Conference. Reproduced by permission.
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A Portfolio of Commercial-Scale Carbon-Capture-and-Storage Demonstration Projects

01 July 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 7


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