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Technical Workshop 1


The first CAGS2 technical workshop on monitoring for the geological storage of CO2 was held in Melbourne, Australia from 7 to 10 May 2013, including a site visit to the CO2CRC Otway Project and Energy Australia's Iona Gas Plant. The workshop was organised and hosted by Geoscience Australia with assistance from the Administrative Centre for China's Agenda 21, Ministry of Science and Technology (China).

The workshop's aims were to:

  • facilitate the building of networks of researchers, government and industry within China and between China, Australia and international agencies to advance development and understanding of geological storage of CO2 ; and
  • promote exploration and discussion of technical issues associated with the monitoring and verification of geological storage.

participants at the CAG2 Workshop 1

More than 20 delegates from Australia and China participated in the workshop. Selected participants were invited to share their knowledge and experience through presentations. Participants from China included: China's Ministry of Science and Technology, China Geological Survey, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China University of Geosciences, and PetroChina. Australian participants included: Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, Geoscience Australia, Global CCS Institute, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) and the University of New South Wales.

The workshop was divided into eight sessions, covering aspects of geological storage of CO2 with a focus on monitoring, including current status and perspectives of CCS, monitoring techniques and methods, monitoring using remote sensing, and experience from research and projects in China and Australia. The participants contributed to robust discussion which addressed topics including technical issues associated with the monitoring and the challenges to get storage ready.

Following the three-day workshop, a group of Chinese delegates visited the CO2CRC Otway Project and Iona Gas Plant in southwestern Victoria.  Chinese researchers were impressed by the monitoring techniques and equipment used in the Otway Project, and were appreciative of the opportunity to visit both sites.