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Application of UNFC to Injection Projects

The application of UNFC to injection projects is a challenging initiative of the Expert Group on Resource Classification started in 2010.  The main focus of the work is on injection of carbon dioxide for long term storage.

UNFC is a principles based system that classifies the maturity of a project activity. It was developed with extractive activities in mind. The principles of project maturity should, however be applicable also to other, project based activities.  

Although the technical as well as the socio-economic challenges may differ from those of an extraction project, the same principles should still be applicable to injection projects.  The key output of the Task Force will be a bridging document specifying how the UNFC-2009 can be applied to injection projects.

Injection Projects Working Group

The Task Force on UNFC and Recipient Reservoirs was first established in 2010, following an agreement in the 2009-2010 Programme of Work for the Expert Group to explore how UNFC. The Task Force has been converted into a regular Working Group in 2017.

Membership of Injection Projects Working Group

Injection Projects Specifications

The specifications for classifying injection projects were issued in 2016. The initial focus was on projects related to the geological storage of CO2, but they could also be applied to other types of injection projects for storage in geological formations, for example natural gas. Geological CO2 storage in the context of carbon capture and storage (CCS) refers to the containment of CO2 in deep subsurface geological “reservoirs”, with the purpose of isolating the CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

The Expert Group on Resource Classification has noted that this work is important for the future development of CCS. A reliable estimate of CO2 storage capacity is a vital aspect of site selection.

Specifications for the Application of UNFC-2009 to UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage English  French  Russian 

Documents
UNFC now applicable to Injection Projects
FINAL Specifications for the Application of UNFC-2009 to UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage  (30 September 2016)
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Revised Draft Specifications for the Application of UNFC-2009 to UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage
April 2016, ECE/ENERGY/GE.3/2016/7 - submitted to EGRC Seventh Session

Summary report of changes made to draft Specifications for Application of UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage based on comments received during the Public Hearing held in 2015
Draft Specifications for the Application of UNFC-2009 to UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage
February 2015, ECE/ENERGY/GE.3/2015/4 - - submitted to EGRC Sixth Session for review and discussion
Classification of injection projects and possible application of UNFC-2009
April 2014, EGRC-5/2014/INF.2
This document focuses on how UNFC-2009 can be applied to injection projects, primarily for geological storage of CO2, and also provides an overview of six other proposed systems and how they can be mapped to UNFC-2009
Application of UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects – Deliverables and Timelines
October 2013

Public Comment Period 2015

Draft Specifications for the Application of UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage were issued for public comment from 8 July to 15 September 2015
Public Comments page and the comments received
Document posted for review

Presentations

Draft Specifications for Application of UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects 
Presentation delivered by Karin Ask, Task Force Chair to EGRC Sixth Session, April 2015
Update on Application of UNFC-2009 to Injection Projects (CO2 storage)
Presentation delivered by Karin Ask, Task Force Chair to EGRC Fifth Session, April 2014