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Tools for developing CCUS clusters shared at international forum

STRATEGY CCUS team member Dr Romain Viguier has highlighted the importance of carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) for industrial sectors’ transition to net zero in an online discussion and follow-up article by Power Engineering International.

As well as discussing the overall trajectory of CCUS, Dr Viguier, business development manager at Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), was able to present STRATEGY CCUS and its main activities and objectives. Dr Viguier discussed developing CCS/CCUS in clusters as a cost-effective, practical way of accelerating the technologies’ deployment; opportunities to share infrastructure are among the advantages. He outlined the best tools for developing successful CCS clusters, noting the importance of non-technical characteristics, such as sound leadership and engagement and support from local stakeholders.

In the 60-minute online discussion moderated by PEI’s editor-in-chief Kelvin Ross, Dr Viguier was joined by Martin Towns, senior advisor for CCUS at BP; Mahesh Radhakrishnan, industry analyst at consultancy Frost & Sullivan; and Dr Inna Kim of Sintef, project coordinator of REALISE CCUS which, like STRATEGY, is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The panel noted that North America was the most advanced region in terms of CCS/CCUS deployment but said they were encouraged by growing interest in Europe, in particular, and also in Asia.

Dr Kim also presented REALISE, which is focused on the oil and gas refining sector. Like Dr Viguier, she noted the importance of engaging with local communities and stakeholders and of understanding the social and political environment when planning CCUS projects.

Read the article here and watch the recording here.