CCS – CO2 Storage Management and Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment”

Recorded On: 12/07/2021

CCUS has become an important topic to all of us and this webinar discusses two very important topics crucial to CCUS success; 1) The CO2 Resource Storage Management System (SRMS) sponsored by the SPE and managed by the SPE CCUS Technical Section to develop a standard methodology for estimating, classifying, and categorizing storable quantities that requires containment, and 2) Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face –  Specification of the Minimum “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment Verification (MMV)” Expectations.

Over the past decade, authors around the world have proposed many methods to describe and systematically estimate storage resources; however, none of these methods have gained global acceptance. The CO2 SRMS has been developed to create a consistent set of definitions and a classification system for international usage. The SRMS will also provide a measure of comparability and reduce the subjective nature of resources estimation. The system defines the major storage resource classes: Stored, Capacity, Contingent Storage Resources, and Prospective Storage Resources, as well as Inaccessible Storage Resources. After the completion of this webinar, the audience should understand each of these classifications or know where to find their definitions. An example application will be presented. Look for the upcoming publication of the Guidelines for Applications of the CO2 SRMS at the end of November.

A key challenge that Regulators face is to specify or approve Testing and Monitoring Programs proposed by Operators and how these programs are integrated with modeling to verify containment. The costs of MMV can be minimized without compromising utility by utilizing sound principles of optimizing monitoring methods. Three key elements will be discussed, risk assessment, modeling, and monitoring which are linked by a process that creates a formal and reproducible approach linking risk assessment to monitoring and further linking monitoring results to successful achievement of project objectives. This method will be demonstrated in several case studies.

The presenters are Dr. Scott Frailey PE, presenting “SPE’s SRMS Framework” and Dr. Susan Hovorka presenting “Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment” with Dr. Lanny Schoeling, PE as moderator. This webinar is a collaboration between SPE, IOGCC, and EDF.

This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir, Production and Operations, Projects, Facilities, and Construction and Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability technical disciplines.

All content contained within this webinar is copyrighted by Dr. Scott Frailey and Dr. Susan Hovorka and its use and/or reproduction outside the portal requires express permission from Dr. Scott Frailey and Dr. Susan Hovorka.

This webinar is a collaboration between SPE, IOGCC and EDF.


Dr. Scott Frailey

Reservoir Engineer, Illinois Geologic Survey

Dr. Scott Frailey is a reservoir engineer for the Illinois Geologic Survey, where he is involved with the technical aspects of the CO2 storage and CO2 EOR programs and provides technical expertise in the areas of reservoir characterization and engineering including pressure transient analyses, core analyses, well log analyses, and reservoir modeling.  Previously, Scott was an associate professor of petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University and a reservoir engineer at BP Exploration (Alaska). He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in petroleum engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.

Dr. Susan Hovorka

Principle Investigator, Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geoscience, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Susan Hovorka is a sedimentologist who works on fluid flow in diverse applications, inlcuding water resource protection, oil production, and waste storage. She has led a team working geologic storage of CO2 since 1998, with a focus on field studies, monitoring, and capacity estimation. Projects include saline injection at the Frio Test site and Cranfield Field and EOR studies at SACROC oil field, Cranfield, Hastings and West Ranch industrial CO2 utilization projects and GoMCARB offshore charaterization study. She specializes in monitoring to document retention. The Gulf Coast Carbon Center is leading efforts to develop offshore storage capacity in the the US and globaly.

She has a long-term commitment to public and educational outreach.

She has a BA from Earlham College and a PhD in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Leslie Savage

Chief Geologist, Oil and Gas Division, Railroad Commission of Texas

Leslie Savage is the Chief Geologist for the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas.  Since 1983, Ms. Savage has helped develop and/or supervise the Commission’s programs for UIC, surface waste management, waste minimization and recycling, and geologic storage of carbon dioxide.  Ms. Savage is responsible for coordinating rulemaking for the division and coordinating with federal and other state agencies.  Ms. Savage graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Geology and is a registered PG in the State of Texas.

Dr. Lanny Schoeling (Moderator)

President, EOR Consulting and Vice President, Oilfield Innovation, NeoTek Energy

Dr. Lanny Schoeling has over 40 years of experience in many technical and managerial positions. He is currently President of EOR Consulting LLC. and Vice President of Oilfield Innovation at NeoTek Energy. Prior, Lanny was Vice President of Engineering and Technical Development for Kinder Morgan CO2 Company and Chief Reservoir Engineer for Unconventional’ s at Shell E&P. He holds a Doctor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering, and master’s in chemical engineering. He is a professional engineer in Texas and Kansas. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and was a distinguished lecturer in 1996 for SPE, and author of numerous SPE papers. In 2016, he was awarded the IOR Pioneer Award at the IOR Conference in Tulsa, OK. He is co-inventor on over 20 patents. Recently he was appointed a Texas Member to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission by the State of Texas. (IOGCC). Lanny is also on the Distinguished Lecturer Committee which selects future SPE Distinguished Lecturers.

This SPE webinar is sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.



CCS – CO2 Storage Management and Key Technical Challenges Regulators Face – “Monitoring, Modeling, Sampling & Containment”
12/07/2021 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2021
12/07/2021 at 12:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2021
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