openCCS: Transport

28th May 2013

Topic(s): Capacity development, Carbon capture use and storage (CCUS), CO2 transport

openCCS is the Global CCS 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 Transport Section of the openCCS handbook contains:

Concept Studies

  • Consider pipeline or other CO2 transport options
  • Consider existing or new transport route
  • Consider single or multi-user transport route
  • Estimate order of magnitude costs of the project (both capital (+/-30-35% accuracy) and operating (+/-15-20% accuracy))

Prefeasibility Studies

  • Consider different transport routes
  • Recommend the preferred transport route and capacity for final study
  • Estimate costs of the project (both capital (+/-20-25% accuracy) and operating (+/-10-15% accuracy))

Feasibility Studies

  • Undertake front end engineering design (FEED) studies, clearly recommending one transport route
  • Estimate costs (both capital (+/-10-15% accuracy) and operating (+/-5-10%; closer to 5% accuracy))
  • Select construction contractor and delivery approach (i.e. EPC)
  • Obtain all required regulatory approvals
  • Make final investment decision for construction of transport facilities

Project Execution

  • Complete the design detail for building the transport asset
  • Build the organisation and systems to manage the transport asset
  • Build the transport asset
    • On time
    • On budget
    • To scope and quality
  • Commission the transport asset to operating state

Asset Operation

  • Operate the transport asset to achieve required performance over asset life
  • Maintain the transport asset to achieve required asset life
  • Modify the transport asset to comply with legislated regulatory changes
  • Modify the transport asset to realise identified opportunities

Asset Decommissioning

  • Operation of asset (i.e. pipeline) ceased
  • Modify the asset (as necessary) to achieve required decommissioned state
    • On time
    • On budget
    • To scope and quality
  • Asset sites decommissioned and rehabilitated to required condition
  • Establish organisation for post-closure stage (as necessary)


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