Gorgon CCS – Does CCS Work?

A number of times various people have said CCS does not work and used the example of Chevron’s Gorgon Project to justify their views. This is uninformed and incorrect – the CCS element of the project worked with carbon capture in the process trains and transportation through pipelines and wells into the storage aquifer. The project has had problems with inadequate downhole completions in water production wells which were being used to reduce pressure in the aquifer and help create space for the CO2. This was a completions failure in the water well design that resulted in sand production, nothing to do with CCS technology. Meanwhile all over the world, CCS technology continues to work and scale up as needed to help mitigate carbon emissions.

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