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, SLB
  • 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]


Registration Fees

(Includes: Coffee breaks, lunches (3 days) and 1 day welcome  dinner)

National Rate

Early Bird Registration Fee (Must be registered and paid for by 19 February)
US$550 (Member) | US$650 (*Non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 20 February onwards)
US$650 (Member) | US$750 (*Non-member)

Group Registration of 5 or more (rate per person)

Committee and Speakers Fee
US$550 (Member) | US$650 (*Non-member)

Academia/Research Institute Fee
US$450 (Member) | US$550 (*Non-member)

Student Registration Fee
US$220 (Member) | US$240 (*Non-member)

International Rate

Early Bird Registration Fee (Must be registered and paid for by 19 February)
US$1,080 (Member) | US$1,280 (*Non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 20 February onwards)
US$1,380 (Member) | US$1,480 (*Non-member)

Group Registration of 5 or more (rate per person)

Committee and Speakers Fee
US$950 (Member) | US$1,050 (*Non-member)

Academia/Research Institute Fee
US$450 (Member) | US$550 (*Non-member)

Student Registration Fee
US$220 (Member) | US$240 (*Non-member)

* Non-members will further connect to the world of applied geophysics thanks to the SEGratis Membership, a free gift of annual membership with a paid nonmember registration. This free membership opportunity is not automatic, you must apply for membership. To apply, please complete the membership application form.

(For SPG members, national, academia and student registration please contact [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.

Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at the Novotel Mumbai International Airport. All technical sessions and presentations will be held in the meeting rooms inside the hotel.

Venue Address:

Novotel Mumbai International Airport
Andheri East , Mumbai


Novotel Mumbai International Airport

Rooms have been negotiated for the following rate at Novotel Mumbai International Airport. Attendees are advised to email the hotel representative, Treisha Dhuru at [email protected] or contact via mobile +91 86578 68637 for room reservations. (Kindly copy [email protected] while making your reservation).

Room reservation rates:
Single Occupancy at INR 10,350 + 18% GST per room per day
Double Occupancy at INR 11,350 + 18% GST per room per day
Inclusions: Breakfast + Wifi
For more information, please visit the official website here.

T24 Residency Mumbai

Rooms have been negotiated for the following rate at TW4 Residency Mumbai. Attendees are advised to email the hotel via [email protected] or contact via mobile +91 93249 72798 for room reservations. (Kindly copy [email protected] while making your reservation).

Room reservation rates:

Standard Deluxe Single/Double Room at INR 5500+ 12% GST per room per day
Inclusions: Breakfast + Wifi
For more information, please visit the official website here.

Traveling to India

IMPORTANT: We request all international attendees (traveling from outside of India) to apply for the E-VISA. Please select Tourist Visa to ensure you receive your visa on time (please do NOT apply for Business Visa). For information on India Visa requirements, and E-VISA eligibility, please refer to Visa Application Information under ‘Important Documents’. To apply for Indian Tourist Visa, please visit this website.

It is highly recommended that those traveling to India to have printed copies of your e-visa, accommodation confirmation and boarding pass. These documents needs to be presented at the immigration upon arrival and departure. Please note that SEG does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to India.

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 – Mumbai, City Center

Field Trip Fees: US$120/person (fess include lunch and transportation to site and back to starting location)

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.

Safety Guidelines for Field Trip

The Travel Safety Policy is designed to prioritize the safety and well being of attendees and the organisers who are attending this field trip. The Policy outlines guidelines and procedures to minimize risks associated with this field trip.


  • Safeguard the health and safety of the attendees during this field trip
  • Promote compliance with applicable travel safety regulations and best practices


  • The drivers follow a strict code of conduct and are completely medically fit.  The vehicles are roadworthy & thoroughly follow all Regional Transport Office rules. Seat bels are available for each and every seat in the coach.

Transportation Company

Zubin’s Royal Fleet
Registered & Head Office (MUMBAI): 
Muncher Manzil, Ground Floor
‘B’ Block, Jairajbhai Lane, R. S. Nimkar Road, Mumbai –  400008.


  • First aid kits will be available on the coach.

Safety Equipment

  • Safety vest and helmets will be provided to all attendees.

Any attendees who at any time believes that the risks associated with the field trip, whether physical or psychological, are excessive may withdraw from participation.

Technical Program

Day 1: Tuesday, 19 March

Opening Address: Madam Sushma Rawat (ONGC)

Keynote Presentations: Simon Stewart, Saudi Aramco & Sandeep Kumar Chandola, PETRONAS

Technical Sessions
CCUS Policies and National Reports
Permanent Geosequestration/Basalt (Part 1)

Day 2: Wednesday, 20 March

Keynote Presentations: Manika Prasad (Colorado School of Mines) & Mrinal Sen (University of Texas at Austin)

Panel Session: Aligning Technologies with Regulation Needs
Panelists: Grimur Bjornsson (Warm Arctic), Jennifer Erich (ExxonMobil), Sandeep Kumar Chandola (PETRONAS) & Tomohide Ishiyama (INPEX)
Moderator: Johnathan Pearce (BGS)

Technical Sessions:
Permanent Geosequestration/Basalt Part 2
Global CCS: Developments and Case Studies
Seismic Reservoir Characterization and Case Studies
Storage Monitoring

Sandpit Session: Is it challenging to implement GCS in SE Asia? Coordinated by Nimisha Vedanti, CSIR – National Geophysical Research Institute

Day 3: Thursday, 21 March

Panel Session: Preparing the Work Force to Meet the Challenge
Panelists: Anton Ziolkowski (University of Edinburgh), Johnathan Pearce (BGS), Manika Prasad (Colorado Schools of Mines), Mrinal Sen (UT Austin) & Vishal Shastri (SPG)
Moderator: TBC

Technical Sessions:
​​​​​New Developments in Storage Monitoring: DAS
Exploring New Sites
Simulations and Digital Applications
Storage Characterization
New Initiatives

Sandpit Session: Can GCS Projects Make a Difference? Coordinated by Jyotirmoy Mallik (IISER)

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 Dates

Early Bird Registration ends:
19 February 2024

Call for Abstracts closed:
27 November 2023