Assessment of CCS in Saudi Arabia

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Project Description

The aim of the project will be to contribute to the assessment of the CCUS potential in Saudi Arabia through the assessment of stationary CO2 emissions as well as the cost analysis (separation, capture, and transportation costs involved in CCS). The database for CO2 emissions from stationary sources in the Kingdom includes emissions from electricity generation, desalination, oil refineries, cement industry, petrochemicals, and iron & steel from 2016, that need to be verified and updated with most up-to-date data. The assessment will also include looking at identifying potential storage locations and estimating the capacity of storing CO2 in deep aquifers, depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs, and basaltic rocks.

The VSRP student will be involved in data analysis and interpretation in Petrel and, by picking up new ideas and techniques, will be able contribute to the further development of the Petrel/ArcGIS geological model of Saudi Arabia in order to identify and characterize potential CO2 storage sites in the country.
The student will also help in establishing and developing the national carbon storage atlas for KSA. A carbon storage atlas is a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of CCS including CO2 emissions, best practices, and emerging technologies related to carbon capture, transportation, and assessments of storage in potential geological sites and associated costs.

The work may include this section petrography using optical and electron microscopes to characterize rocks for carbon disposal.

Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)

About the
Researcher

Abdulkader M. Afifi

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Abdulkader M. Afifi
Regional geology of the Middle East, particularly the geological evolution of the Red Sea.  Conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon and geothermal resources. Applications of geodynamics and mineral phase equilibria to geological processes. Formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits. 

Desired Project Deliverables

Contribute to the construction, verification and use of the 3D geological model of the Saudi Arabia using GIS and specialized geological interpretation software (creation/modification of formation top surfaces corresponding to potential storage sites, input of data e.g. well information, etc)

Verification of input and update of the existing GHG emissions database with the most recent data for the current CO2 stationary sources with locations, rates and industry sector for the country.