Introduction to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Focus on Aquifers and Depleted Gas Reservoirs

Disciplines: Production and Operations | Reservoir

Course Description

The course is designed to give an overview of project economics but also the key technical uncertainties in geological and reservoir engineering in aquifer and depleted gas reservoirs. The CCS course has a more in-depth look at the aspects using actual field examples in comparison to other CCS courses.

There is also a discussion of Risks and Practical Measuring, Monitoring and Verification (MMV) based on Richard’s 37 years of experience.

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

  • Gain clarity on carbon sources, types of capture & storage technologies available
  • Economics & costs of CCUS projects
  • Case studies & REAL DATA on CO2 Sequestration for Western Canadian projects
  • CO2 Hub possibilities from an environmental, government, oil company & pipeline point of view
  • Understand risks; better evaluation of aquifers and depleted oil & gas
  • MMV discussion vs. risks
  • Reservoir containment & well integrity
  • Why permeability is critical? And how to bracket ranges

Who Attends

  • Junior-Intermediate difficulty level
  • Technical engineering & geoscience roles
  • Decision-makers & management/Government officials
  • Business development

Special Requirements

A laptop and calculator would be beneficial for the course.


0.8 CEUs are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Richard Baker is an executive/project manager/engineer with over 37 years of practical experience in reservoir engineering and CO2 projects (EOR/CO2 sequestration/Acid gas injection). He has worked on projects in 53 countries including reservoir characterization/reservoir simulation worldwide in Canada, Russia, Indonesia, South America, North Africa, Middle East, North Sea and North America.

He has been a president of a number of small companies (Yellowbrick; 2006-2009, Epic Consulting Services). The companies were successful from both an economic and technical point of view.

He has written a book called “Practical Reservoir Engineering and Characterization” (Elsevier 2015). Richard is a Distinguished Author Member of the Petroleum Society of CIM and received an SPE award in 2007 and a CIM service award in 2008. He has twice won SPE Reservoir Characterization award for Canada and was nominated for a World Reservoir Characterization award.

He won the 2018 SPE Mentoring Award for Canada. In addition to authoring and co-authoring 60+ technical papers, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and sits on the Faculty of Engineering Advisory Board. He helped develop the 4th year Design Capstone courses for the University of Calgary. Richard has held senior reservoir engineering positions at both Shell and Husky Oil, and holds two Bachelors degrees and a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary.