Session 5 Overview: Carbon Capture and Storage
Thursday, November 18, 2021

The carbon capture session will address carbon storage in saline aquifers and in enhanced oil recovery operations, and will address monitoring methods, storage complex characterization and CO2 behavior in subsurface reservoirs.

Session 5 Presenters

6 Years of Monitoring at Aquistore: Evaluation of Systems Based on Cost and Effectiveness
Erik Nickel | Director of Operations at Petroleum Technology Research Centre

Erik Nickel graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Geology in 1994 and obtained his Master of Science in geology from the University of Regina in 2008.  After a 5 year tour as a wellsite geological consultant, Erik spent 15 years as a research geologist with the petroleum geology branch of the Saskatchewan Geological Survey.  His research interests, while there, were primarily in the Mississippian carbonates of southeast Saskatchewan, performing some of the original injection reservoir characterization for Petroleum Technology Research Centre’s (PTRC) Weyburn CO2 EOR and CCS project starting in 2001.  Erik also studied many other aspects of Saskatchewan’s petroleum and natural gas resources, most notably an extensive body of work on the geology of Bakken tight oil reservoirs.  Erik joined the PTRC in 2014 and in the time since has become their lead on CCUS and EOR through oversight of the Heavy Oil Research Network (HORNET), and the PTRC’s Aquistore carbon capture and storage project. He is heavily involved in the “bigger picture” of the advancement of CCUS as a GHG mitigation strategy, and is working to develop more CCUS projects in Saskatchewan.


Calgary Region Siksika Carbon Hub
Adam Staruiala  | Senior Account Executive at Canadian Discovery Ltd.

Adam joined CDL in 2021 with over 10 years of progressive experience in the oil and gas industry. His experience has included exploration, consulting, and technical sales. In his most recent role, Adam was the technical leader of a group that provided subsurface consulting including petrophysics, fracture design and modeling, rate transient analysis, and production simulation. He has had the opportunity to work on projects in Canada, The United States, Argentina, Norway, The United Kingdom, India, China, and Oman. Adam has also taught multiple courses on coupled simulation (petrophysics, fracture modeling, and flow simulation) as well as provided in-house consulting to clients in the United States, Argentina, and Norway. Adam holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science both from the University of Regina and is a registered Professional Geologist in the Province of Alberta.

Advances in Monitoring for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Projects
Donald Lawton  | Science Director at Carbon Management Canada (CMC) and Professor Emeritus in Geophysics at University of Calgary

Donald Lawton is Professor Emeritus in Geophysics at the University of Calgary and is Director of Science at Carbon Management Canada (CMC).  He is a sought-after expert advisor and thought leader to industry, government, the research community and other stakeholders on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).  He led the development of the CMC-UofC Field Research Station in Southern Alberta where monitoring technologies to verify secure storage of CO2 are being developed and evaluated.  He was a co-recipient of an NSERC and Conference Board of Canada University/Industry Synergy Award in 2000, was awarded the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) Medal in 2000 and received Honorary Membership in the Society in 2014.

The Evolution of CCUS at the Weyburn Unit
Taylor Berezowski | Geologist at Whitecap Resources Inc.

Taylor Berezowski (née Olson) began her career as a new grad geologist with Cenovus Energy in 2010. Much of her work to date has focused on competitor intelligence, drilling program development and execution, and new technology applications for emerging oil sands plays and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in Mississippian carbonate pools. Since joining Whitecap Resources, she has focused on an array of oil and gas pools in Saskatchewan, from siliciclastics to carbonates. Taylor presently manages geologic operations for the Weyburn Unit CO2 miscible flood, and advocates Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) as a viable tool to tackle climate change.

Taylor holds a B.Sc from Simon Fraser University and an MPP from University of Calgary, and has been an avid past volunteer on the CSPG SIFT committee. She enjoys spending time with her young family, gambling (responsibly!), gardening, and exploring this big beautiful world as often as possible.

Clive CO2 Flood and MMV Program
David Hills | Senior Geoscientist at Enhance Energy  

David is the Senior Geoscientist at Enhance Energy Inc., which has recently commenced CO2 injection into the Devonian aged Leduc reservoir at Clive in Central Alberta, part of the largest Carbon Capture system in the world.  David received his undergraduate degree in Geology and Oceanography from Southampton University in Southern England and came to Western Canada to study Modern Carbonate Systems of Grand Cayman Islands in the Caribbean with Dr. Brian Jones for his M.Sc.  His career highlights include 5 years writing and illustrating the Canadian Discovery Digest, featuring the biggest petroleum discoveries of the day, as well as holding the position of Carbonate Specialist for Devon Corporation.