French seismic player CGG has released a new multi-client screening study to help identify carbon dioxide storage sites for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects.

CGG on Thursday confirmed the release of the new GeoVerse Carbon Storage screening study, which is focused over an area in the northern North Sea.

It added that the study provides an in-depth review of potential CO2 storage plays in a region extending over its existing North Viking Graben 3D seismic data set, which covers areas in UK and Norwegian waters.

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CGG claims the study utilises a "play-scale screening methodology" developed by the company’s own in-house CCUS experts and data scientists to identify and de-risk potential carbon storage sites.

The data is delivered through the GeoVerse platform, with CGG stating it provides key information for the evaluation of capacity, injectivity and containment "at play scale".

“Our GeoVerse Carbon Storage screening study is part of a new suite of products that will support the energy transition through capitalising on CGG’s wealth of geoscience know-how and data science expertise, which includes over 130 geothermal projects and support for the Sleipner, Troll, Weyburn, Pembina and Gorgon CCUS projects,” CGG chief executive Sophie Zurquiyah said.

“These new GeoVerse products will address a wide spectrum of applications, from geothermal resource assessment, through critical mineral exploration, and carbon sequestration.”

The release of the screening study follows comments from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month that he wants the UK to become “the Klondike of carbon capture and storage” when unveiling the nation’s net zero emissions strategy.

The UK government also recently selected the first two industrial clusters under its Cluster Sequencing process that will be the initial beneficiaries of a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) pot of state funding as the UK aims to get at least two CCS schemes up and running by the mid-2020s and four by the end of the decade.

Meanwhile, Norway in September opened up two new offshore areas for CCS on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, covering areas in the Barents Sea and North Sea.