Role of Geosciences in Carbon Storage


19–21 March 2024
Mumbai, India

Symposium Objectives

  • To enable geoscientists to discuss and present their roles in geological carbon storage
  • To exchange knowledge and concepts on the geoscience techniques applicable to CCS
  • To bring together the industry and academic experts in the field to explore opportunities for field implementation


Despite the importance of CCS for achieving clean energy transitions, its deployment has been slow to take off in different parts of the world. There are only 20 commercial CCS operations worldwide, although hundreds will be needed globally to achieve net zero targets. CCS activities have been prioritized and implemented in several developed nations; however, many countries in Asia (including India), Central and South America and Africa have no CCS activities besides a few exceptions. In India, momentum for sustainable energy and CCS research activities increased after the Prime Minister declared the Net Zero target as 2070. Thus, the time is right to invite experts from across the globe to exchange ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, and the Symposium will be a platform for such collaborations.

Symposium Overview

Highlighting the role of Geoscience techniques in CCUS and CET

Geoscience techniques form the foundations for establishing the feasibility and safety of permanent CO2 storage. Detailed geological, geophysical and geochemical appraisal has become integral to robust reservoir characterization and monitoring. However, due to the absence of many successful case studies, it is critical to incorporate the lessons from international efforts in Geological Carbon Storage (GCS) to help develop best practices for the successful development of GCS and Clean Energy Transitions (CET) projects in Asia. In this Symposium, we will discuss multidisciplinary geoscience techniques that can be used for a GCS project, case studies, opportunities and challenges that may affect the future of the GCS and CET projects, especially in SE Asia and Middle East regions.

Socio-economic aspect of CCUS

The success of a CCUS project relies heavily on a range of stakeholder groups that involve local administration, communities, NGOs, investors, operators, and policymakers. Thus, we will invite speakers who can illuminate the socio-economic elements of GCS projects in India.


A Roadmap to geological carbon sequestration: pathways from intention to action

Organizing Committee

  • Co-Chair: Jennifer Erich, ExxonMobil
  • Co-Chair: Saumya Kanti Goswani, SLB
  • Co-Chair: Jonathan M Pearce
  • Lead Convener: Nimisha Vedanti, CSIR – National Geophysical Research Institute

Advisory Team

  • Hemant Kumar Dixit, Geosoftware
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
  • Erkan Ay, Shell
  • Nancy House, SEG Past President
  • Professor Mrinal Sen, University of Texas,
  • Dr. Prakash Kumar, NGRI
  • Dr. V.M. Tiwari, CSIR-NGRI

Committee Members

  • Arindam Pal, ExxonMobil
  • David Abt, ExxonMobil
  • Ian Watson, Esso
  • Joe Le Calvez, SLB
  • John Millet, University of Aberdeen
  • Jyotirmoy Malik, IISER Bhopal
  • Michel Verliac, Total Energies
  • RD Tewari, PETRONAS
  • Rupam Chakraborty, SLB
  • Richa Rastogi, CDAC
  • Ryan Pollyea, Virginia Tech
  • Shivaji Maitra, CGG
  • Tomohide Ishiyama, INPEX
  • Vikram Vishal, IIT Mumbai

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof. D.N. Singh, IIT Bombay
  • Dr. Rajnish Kumar, IIT Madras
  • Dr. Rushar Sharma, RGIPT
  • Vivek Jain, Shell
  • SEG Student Chapters in India


Suba Jaganathan
SEG Asia Pacific
Telephone: +6014 323 8107
Email: [email protected]


Who should attend?

Anyone interested in geological carbon storage industry, academia, policy makers, regulators, students, and stakeholders.

The symposium will be of interest to regional and international geoscientists, academia, policy makers, regulators, students, and stakeholders interested in geological carbon storage industry and its opportunities. Through its well-designed sessions, the event will provide insights into the role of different aspects of geoscience, like geophysics, petrophysics, rock physics, geochemistry in site characterization and monitoring of GCS projects.

Symposium Format

This three-day symposium will hold several technical sessions, which will feature 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute discussions on the presentations.

Field Trip

Post-symposium Field Trip

Geological Field Excursion on Deccan Basalt as a CO2 sink for Role of Geosciences in Carbon Storage
MUMBAI -PUNE, Coordinator
Jyotirmoy Mallik, Associate Professor

Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Departure time and date: 22 March 2024 at 6:30 AM

Mode of transport: Travel by road from Mumbai to Pune, its surroundings and back. Starting location – Navi Mumbai

Deccan Volcanic Province (DVP)

The Deccan Volcanic Province represents a captivating chapter in Earth’s geological history, with its formation commencing a staggering 66.25 million years ago. This vast region is stratified into the Lower, Middle, and Upper traps, resembling an intricate geological tapestry that not only overlays ancient Proterozoic basins but also interacts intriguingly with the enigmatic Gondwana supergroup. The revelation of the Paleogene period as the genesis of volcanic activity adds a compelling layer to this geological epic.

The Western Deccan Province takes center stage in this grand geological narrative, documented by the Geological Survey of India. Integrating lithostratigraphy and geochemical studies unveils the Deccan Traps’ geological history, segmented into distinct formations guided by the steadfast Sr/Sr ratio.

As we embark on this captivating geological journey, we unveil the profound layers of Earth’s ancient history, where the interplay of stratigraphy, geochemistry, and rigorous fieldwork peels back the veils of our planet’s most cherished secrets.

Furthermore, current research endeavors in this region aim to unravel the environmental impact of the colossal volcanic eruptions that forged the Deccan Traps and left an indelible mark on the planet’s climate and ecosystems during the Cretaceous-Paleogene transition. Recent investigations have even identified the Deccan basalt as a potential carbon dioxide (CO2) storage repository, focusing on the non-massive vesicular and highly joined basalts in compound lava flows. Read more.

Technical Program

The symposium opens abstract submissions to discuss on the following topics:

  • Role of different aspects of geoscience, like geophysics, petrophysics, rock physics, geochemistry in site characterization and monitoring of GCS projects
  • Sharing best practices: international cooperation opportunities within the Asia region and ‘early adopter’ countries leading in sub-surface CO2 storage.
  • Non-reactive processes of GCS including EOR, ECBM
  • Reactive processes of GCS (surface and sub-surface formations): Permanent Sequestration
  • Potential of AI/ML in geoscientific data analysis and optimization of workflow
  • Socio-economic aspects of a CCS project

Opening Speakers

  • Madam Sushma Rawat, Director, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
  • Dr Ranjith Rath, Chairman & Managing Director, Oil India (Ltd)


  • Khalid Rufaii, Saudi Aramco (Keynote)
  • Ashley Duckett, ExxonMobil
  • Carlos Uroza, Bureau of Economic Geology
  • Grimiur Bjornsson, Carbix
  • Joel Le Calvez, Schlumberger
  • Jonathan Pearce, British Geological Survey
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
  • Mike Branston, Schlumberger
  • Neville Brookes, CGG
  • Pandu Devarakota, Shell
  • Pankaj Kumar Tiwari, PETRONAS
  • Prof Mrinal Sen, The University of Texas
  • Shogo Masaya, INPEX (Japan)
  • Sverre Planke, Volcanic Basin Energy Research
  • Tetsuro Tochikawa, Ocean Geo-Frontier Co., Ltd.
  • Vikram Vishal, IIT Bombay
  • And many more

Sandpit & Debate Sessions:

  • Opportunities and challenges for carbon storage in SE Asia & Middle East regions
  • GCS projects mitigate global warming
  • Transition to cleaner energy resources
  • Half-day exclusive poster session for students

Panel Sessions

Day 1: Aligning Technologies with Regulation Needs – Regulators/Industries
Speakers to be announced.

Day 2: Preparing the Work Force to Meet the Challenge
Speakers to be announced.

The proposed Symposium is broad in scope but focused on SE Asia and Middle East regions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, email [email protected].

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Important Documents

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closed:
27 November 2023