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IPAC standard for CO2 geologic storage: guidelines for regulators and industry

Friday, November 11, 2011

The International Performance Assessment Centre for geologic storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2, has set up a 'standard' for geologic storage of carbon dioxide, providing guidelines to regulators and industry about minimum requirements for safe geologic storage of carbon dioxide.

IPAC-COR is an environmental, non-government organization specialising in carbon capture and storage, established in 2009 with $14 million funding from the Government of Saskatchewan, Shell Canada Ltd, and the Government of Canada, with 'in-kind' support from the University of Regina.

Feedback can be provided online through the CSA Standards public review system on a clause by clause basis. The public review period ends on Dec. 27.

"We encourage people to log into the system using the 'ipac-co2' affiliation to share their concerns, insights and opportunities for improvement,' says Carmen Dybwad, CEO of IPAC CO2 Research Inc.

Work has been underway on the standard since June 2010, and has been reviewed by a technical committee with 36 experts from Canada and the US. The technical committee is chaired by Rick Chalaturnyk, a geotechnical engineering professor and holder of the Foundation CMB Endowed Chair in Reservoir Geomechanics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Vice chair of the technical committee is Sara Forbes, leader of CCS work at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C.



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