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30 May 2015 |   ByRob Hines
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Fugro is leading a £1 million three-year all-British project for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to develop a carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring system using marine robotics. The system will provide assurance that CO2 stored deep below the seabed in carbon capture and storage (CCS) sites is secure.

The safety of such a method is of paramount importance, with feasibility studies currently underway in the UK and overseas on a number of CCS projects. 

Illustration courtesy of Sonardyne

This project is helping to move the industry and UK capability forward.
Den Gammer, ETI Strategy Manager, CCS

A consortium of British multi-discipline partners, led by Fugro GEOS, will examine the requirements for the measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) system. The project will result in the construction  of a technology demonstrator with sea trials  and a comprehensive review at the end of  the three year period as well as a solution to a legislative requirement to monitor potential CO2 leaks and their effect on the environment.

Progress on the development of a cost-effective, reliable monitoring system for the marine environment above CO2 storage complexes is another key step in the process of building confidence in a new CCS industry in the UK.

Although leakage is highly unlikely there is a duty to ensure that stores are actually protecting the environment and this technology is expected to bring peace of mind to both the operator and the regulator. Modelling work has shown that CCS has the potential to play a major role in any future low carbon UK energy system, with technological innovation delivering both economic and environmental benefits to the country.

Fugro GEOS has a long MMV history with a track record extending over 30 years, encompassing a diversity of projects in some of the world’s harshest oceanographic environments. The challenge set by ETI is the 
development of an entirely new capability  in the MMV of under-sea carbon capture  storage sites.

“This is a truly exciting and ground-breaking project with worldwide ramifications. It is great to see British organisations leading the way and we are proud to bring our wealth of experience to this key project,” says Anthony Gaffney, Managing Director of Fugro GEOS. “Fugro is constantly seeking to diversify and expand its range of technological solutions into new markets. Together with the respective strengths of our technical partners from industry, academia and research, we will ensure that we deliver a cost-effective and commercially exploitable monitoring solution for the carbon capture industry.”


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