A collaboratively developed handbook for delivering CCS projects


openCCS is the Institute’s project delivery handbook. It has been built to guide you through the key processes and steps needed to deliver each component of an integrated CCS project. It’s a platform for sharing methodologies, best practices and lessons learnt from experience.

The goal is for openCCS to improve over time through the contributions of CCS practitioners on topics such as:

  • Recommended project schedules, activities and work breakdown structures;
  • Definitional pages to explain core CCS concepts;
  • Technique papers, methods and guidelines related to areas such as:
      • Permitting plans;
      • Environmental impact assessments;
      • H&S issues;
      • Project budgets;and
      • Risk inventories.
  • Aggregations of useful pages on other sites.

Together, these collaboratively-developed knowledge assets can be used directly to assist projects around the globe move to deployment more quickly.

Overview of Project

A top-level overview of the activities involved in the Project Delivery stages of a CCS project.

Detailed View of Project Delivery

Individual pages giving the detailed requirements for each Activity/Facility at each stage of the project can be navigated from either of the two views:

Glossary of Terms & Definitions

A user-generated wiki of terminology used within the CCS community.Registered users can add and edit terms to provide a valuable resource for the industry.


The timeline for a CCS project will vary according to many factors. Each activity involved in the implementation and execution of a CCS Project is broken out into the following stages : Identify, Evaluate, Define, Execute, Operate, Closure. The figure below details the goals and activities for each stage of a CCS project.

Planning   Active

Project stage

Identify   Evaluate   Define   Execute   Operate   Closure

Developer's goals

Consider high-level options

Shortlist options for further study

"What could it be?"
  Examine short-listed options and sub-options

Establish if any fatal flaws

Select one option for taking forward

"What should it be?"
  Single option selected   Examine selected option and provide further definition to allow investment decision to be made

Demonstrate the technical and economic viability of the project:

"What will it be?"

Be capable of being audited by third parties (i.e. peer reviewers, investors)
  Final investment decision   Undertake remaining (detailed) design.

Build organisation to commission and manage asset.

Undertake construction activities.

Undertake commissioning.
  Handover to owner for operations   Operate the asset within regulatory compliance requirements for the operating life of the asset.   Decommission asset to regulatory compliance requirements.

Rehabilitate site for future defined use.

Build organisation and provide resources for post-closure.

Activities for Capture and Transport

Concept studies   Prefeasibility studies

Estimate overall project capital cost (±20-25%) and operating costs (±10-15%)
      Feasibility studies

Estimate overall project capital cost (±10-15%) and operating costs (±5%)
      Project execution       Asset operation   Asset decommissioning

Activities for Storage

Site screening studies   Site assessment studies       Site selection studies       Design and installation       Operate   Close