What is our approach?

We believe that the most effective way to pursue carbon storage projects are to apply E&P best practices of data acquisition/analysis and project management to the understanding of regional and local conditions necessary to deliver projects to the standard required by regulatory authorities.  

Services provided by U3 Explore:

U3 Explore Subject Matter Expert teams use the geoscience, engineering and project management skills acquired over decades in E&P to provide advisory and project assistance in decarbonization projects.

Our services provide reduction of uncertainty in subsurface characterization during permit application, construction authorization, and site operations, which requires a consistent approach using data quality and reliability assessment and applying statistically valid data analysis to better understand subsurface variability.

For Companies - we deliver the geologic and engineering site characterization necessary for injection permit application in the development of permanent carbon storage projects:

  • Regional geologic setting – stress regime, regional seals, seismicity, and other geologic risks in the area.
  • Local subsurface Storage container –establishing a baseline for storage,  container capacity, seal integrity – injectivity effectiveness at well locations.
  • Permanent storage or reuse of the captured carbon - assessment for CCS or CCUS type of carbon project

For Regulators – for Government Agencies needing to meet IPCC and IEA climate change targets we can:

  • Define regions and reservoirs suitable as CCS/CCUS injection sites.
  • Assess local geologic parameters for permanent carbon storage.
  • Mature CCUS application process.
  • Establish site monitoring and closure requirements.

Other U3 Explore services relevant to the delivery of projects that we can provide in collaboration with service partners include:

  • Data collection and analysis before, during, and after injection.
  • Geospatial enablement (GIS component of the project).
  • Geologic site remediation.

U3 Explore Subject Matter Experts are using proven methodologies:

  • A Stage-gate process framework for organizing/managing projects seeking approval for and during the operational period of injection –adapted from industrial project management.
  • Common Critical Risk Segment mapping adopted to CCUS/CCS projects - adapted from oil and gas exploration organizations for defining optimal locations for reinjection projects.
  • Geophysical and geologic data collection, analysis, and modeling before, during, and after injection.
  1. Early (pre-application and pre-injection) dataset assessment and data acquisition planning
  2. Before injection - Establish Baseline for site Monitoring, Verification and Accounting (MVA)
  3. During and after injection – Perform MVA to ensure that captured CO2 remains in place.
  • Define and communicate the value of the geologic and geophysical data in Area of Review characterization
  • Define and communicate the value of the geologic and geophysical data in Carbon container storage characterization

Why the time to act is NOW

Governments and companies need to meet IPCC and IEA climate change targets

CCUS projects are likely to be of a comparable scale to major E&P Capital Projects, so there is need to plan and modify enterprise and individual behaviors in the short term to deliver projects in the coming decades.

For regulators - Government are establishing requirements for CCS/CCUS projects

  • Learn from the best practices research to define criteria for subsurface CCS site characterization.
  • Governments need assessments to apply for FDI
  • Governments need to provide incentives for the businesses to change behaviors
  • Governments need to measure and monitor reductions in emissions
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For operating companies

  • Demonstrate carbon-negative operations
  • Participate in transparent and secure carbon credits trading
  • Manage injection sites
  • Monitor injection sites
  • Plan to perform efficient site closures


IPCC = Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change www.ipcc.ch United Nations

IEA = International Energy Agency

OECD = countries members of Organization for EconomicCo-operation and development

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