About the CCUS Committee

Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage Technical Section

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), is a method to reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions by capturing CO2 from industrial sources, such as power plants, and safely storing it in geologic formations so that it doesn’t enter the atmosphere. Depleted oil and gas reservoirs have been recognized as promising CO2 storage targets for CCUS, along with other porous and permeable sedimentary rocks. However relative to the petroleum industry, CCUS is still in the early stages of development and efforts are currently underway to address technical issues, economic challenges, and regulatory uncertainty associated with the technology.  The petroleum industry is now playing a major role in the advancement of CCUS by providing guidance/expertise in key areas related to evaluation, selection, and managing of CO2 storage resources associated with CCUS projects.  Synergy between CCUS and oil/gas activities could provide technical and economic benefits to the petroleum industry while helping to reduce the overall environmental impact of the energy sector.  The CCUS technical section is an SPE community engaged in collaboration, knowledge sharing, and spearheading activities dedicated to the advancement of CCUS and decarbonization of the petroleum industry. 

SPE formed the Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage Technical Section in 2014 to ensure that CCUS is adequately covered in all SPE programs and to provide engineering expertise to the development of CCS technologies, standards, and regulations. The committee works within five subgroups:

Current major initiatives include the following:

Establishment of a Storage Resources Management System

The SPE Board of Directors recently approved formation of a committee to work with other professional societies to develop a classification framework for geologic storage. More information can be found here: https://www.spe.org/industry/CO2-storage-resources-management-system.php

Carbon Management Project

Members of the CCUS Committee are participating in a joint project with the United Engineering Founder Societies to bring together the combined engineering expertise of all the societies to identify practical steps toward managing greenhouse gas emissions. More information on this project can be found at http://fscarbonmanagement.org/