Oct. 9 - Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage - University of Houston
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Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

Friday, October 9th
10:00 AM


*Symposium has ended


Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage has been determined to be not only an option for de-carbonization in our world but an essential and required component of the energy transition. A recent landmark study was completed by the National Petroleum Council that assessed the requirements for a pathway to broad commercial deployment of CCUS in the USA and our study has taken that format and structure and applied it to the Houston region specifically. We have identified the point sources of emissions in the hydrocarbon energy industries of power, petrochemicals and downstream refining and created a pathway and timeline for capture, transmission, utilization and storage in terms of investments, infrastructure and end use disposition. The result is an economically modeled roadmap specific to Texas to enable Houston to continue as the energy capital of the world and to de-carbonize while doing so. The key sensitivities of policy, commodities prices and cost ranges, transmission utilization and build out are all part of the analysis – as are the requirements for transformation and work to be done going forward. The result is clear – Houston provides the best opportunity for CCUS in terms of industry strategic participation, infrastructure and geology, and the eco-system to provide the leading global model for implementation and value creation.


Symposium Moderator

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Scott Nyquist

Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Scott is a Special Advisor, Senior Partner Emeritus in the management consulting Firm, McKinsey & Company. He serves energy and industrial companies on matters of strategy, organization, and performance improvement. He has assisted integrated oil and gas companies, National Oil Companies, power companies/utilities, independent downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas companies, as well as private equity and industrial companies that serve the energy industry. He joined McKinsey in 1984 and worked in McKinsey's London office until 1998 when he moved to McKinsey's Houston Office. He has led McKinsey's European and America's Oil and Gas practices, and co-led both McKinsey's Global Energy and Materials sector and McKinsey's Sustainability and Resource productivity practices. He has been on McKinsey's board of Directors and a member of McKinsey's committees that review the performance of its partners. He has been on the extended board of the McKinsey Global Institute, which is McKinsey's internally funded think tank. Scott has led many internal research projects on topics related to oil and gas, sustainability and resource productivity, and the US economy. Before joining McKinsey, Scott obtained an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, worked for Exxon Production Research in Houston, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Scott is a member of the Shareholder Committee of Wintershall DEA, Europe’s leading independent gas and oil company. His Houston community involvement includes memberships on the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers, the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board, the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Advisory Board, and the Houston Symphony Board of Trustees.

Symposium Speakers

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Nigel Jenvey

Global Head of Carbon Management, Gaffney, Cline & Associates

Nigel Jenvey is the global head of carbon management at Gaffney, Cline & Associates, where he leads the global Carbon Management practice to help customers de-risk continued investment in oil and gas through the energy transition by providing independent and confidential advice on carbon intensity, methane management, carbon markets and CCUS. Jenvey has over 24 years of global oil and gas industry experience in technology, exploration, development and production operations with major oil and gas operating companies. He is an industry leader in Carbon Management and expert in Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) having previously held roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section, and most recently Alternate Chair to the National Petroleum Council CCUS Study Coordinating Subcommittee. Jenvey graduated from Imperial College, London with a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering, and from The University of Leeds, UK with a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Mining Engineering.

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Juho Lipponen

Coordinator, Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative

Juho is Coordinator of the Clean Energy Ministerial CCUS Initiative. The Initiative Member governments have joined to accelerate CCUS. Juho works closely with the co-chairs and all twelve Initiative Members and is responsible for the day-to-day running of all the activities of the Initiative. Prior to this, between 2010-2018, Juho was Head of Carbon Capture and Storage Unit at the International Energy Agency, and acting Head of Energy Technology Policy Division. Before joining the IEA, Juho held several positions at Eurelectric in Brussels. Juho holds a M. Sc in political science, economics and constitutional law from University of Turku, Finland. He is based in Paris, France.

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Charles McConnell

Energy Center Officer (CCME), University of Houston

Charles McConnell is the energy center officer of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy at the University of Houston. Prior to joining the CCME, McConnell was the executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University. McConnell served as the assistant secretary of energy in the US Department of Energy from 2011-13 and was responsible for the Office of Fossil Energy’s strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the department’s coal, oil and gas, and advanced technologies programs, as well as for the operations and management of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and the National Energy Technologies Laboratories. McConnell also previously served as vice president of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio and with Praxair, Inc. serving in a variety of operations, sales and global business and technology roles including hydrogen, gasification and energy as the global VP of energy and hydrogen. McConnell is currently a board member of the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) Foundation in North Dakota, is a member of the National Coal Council, has served on the Society of Petroleum Engineers and National Petroleum Council subcommittees, and has held a number of board positions including chairmanships of the Gasification & Syngas Technologies Council and the Clean Carbon Technology Foundation of Texas. McConnell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1977) and an MBA in finance from Cleveland State University (1984).

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Jane Stricker

Relationship Manager, US cities, bp p.l.c.

Jane Stricker is a relationship manager in bp’s regions, cities and solutions team. She supports bp’s partnerships with US cities to help them reduce their carbon emissions while creating unique business opportunities for bp. Prior to this role, Jane most recently coordinated the development and delivery of the National Petroleum Council’s study on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) chaired by bp America. In her 20+ year career with bp, Jane has held roles in nearly all areas of bp, including retail operations, marketing and offer development, regulatory compliance, corporate finance, and corporate governance. Jane currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Energy Industries Council’s Connect Energy USA 2021. Jane holds a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Quinlan School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Outside of work, Jane’s passions include cycling in all forms, mentoring young people and supporting their development, and advocating for animal welfare programs across Houston.

Student Presenters

  • Paty Hernandez, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Minor in Accounting, CT Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Class of 2020
  • Brad Peurifoy, Professional MBA, CT Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, Graduated August 2020
  • Makpal Sariyeva, Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston, Class of 2021