Carbon Capture and Storage Networks

About the course

Pace Flow Assurance are delighted to bring the first of a number of courses in 2021, the first one in conjunction with Jee will cover Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is a key technology that enables hydrocarbon-producing countries to meet zero-carbon targets. The UK, the EU, Norway and 23 countries have pledged to become carbon zero, with most targeting carbon neutrality by 2050.

CCUS involves capture of waste CO2 - from power generation, industry, hydrogen production and biomass - for long-term geologically stable storage. A transport network must safely and reliably connect the CO2 capture to the storage location.

This course focuses on the design and operation of full-chain CCUS networks from capture to storage. Learners will leave this course understanding the opportunities of CCUS projects and empowered to lead discussions about hydrocarbon developments in a zero carbon future.

**Please note that the Virtual Classroom is split over 4 days: 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th March 2021 from 0930 - 1330 GMT**

Learning outcomes

  • Explain how CCUS is a key technology in creating a net-zero future for the hydrocarbon industry
  • Describe the capture and storage technologies that serve a CCUS network
  • Explain the thermodynamics and transport properties of CCUS fluid mixtures
  • Predict the design challenges of CO2 transportation systems
  • Create an operating philosophy for a CCUS transport network
  • Share practical experience and lessons learned from real CCUS projects


Duration: 2 days

Study Hours: 14

Upcoming dates

  • 23 March 2021 - 26 March 2021

About the tutor

Matt Healey, Director

Matthew Healey has been at the forefront of CO2 flow assurance for ten years. He wrote the industry-standard methodology for true multicomponent flow assurance modelling of CO2 with impurities. He is an industry leader in thermodynamic modelling of CCUS fluids, CCUS flow assurance, and operation of CO2 transport pipeline networks.

Course contents

Day 1


  • Case study and motivation
  • Carbon neutrality and industrial decarbonisation
  • CCUS value chain
  • Global CCUS outlook
  • Global experience in CO2 transportation in pipeline

Fundamentals of carbon capture, utilisation and storage

  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • Oxyfuel
  • Post-combustion
  • Pre-combustion
  • Hydrogen production
  • CO2 utilisation
  • Geological CO2 sequestration and storage: reservoirs and saline aquifers
  • Leakage and monitoring

Transportation of CO2

  • Ship
  • Pipeline

Thermodynamic behaviour of CO2

  • Practical (re)introduction to thermodynamics and transport properties
  • Modelling challenges
  • Equations of state
  • Impact of impurities in CO2 streams on thermodynamic properties
  • Review of thermodynamic property packages
  • Practical session

Day 2

Operating modes of CO2 transport network

  • Single phase operation - gas, liquid, dense phase and supercritical
  • Multiphase operation
  • Operating margins
  • Practical session

Operating philosophy of CO2 transport networks

  • Normal steady-state operation
  • Shutdown and cooldown
  • Restart
  • Depressurisation
  • Hydrate management

Thermal-hydraulic modelling of CO2 transportation networks

  • Modelling challenges
  • Review of single and multiphase flow simulators
  • Current practices in modelling of CO2 transportation networks

Designing a CCUS network: a practical guide

  • Planning and concept selection
  • Safety case
  • Technical risk
  • Execution risk
  • Transitioning from design to operation

Case study: The HyNet project

  • Project story
  • Key challenges
  • Discussion
  • Solutions