Any oil and gas geoscientist worth their salt will have spent some time over the past few years working out the best place to apply and expand their skill sets in the energy transition.

One of the most obvious areas is the nascent carbon capture sector, where there is a need to identify storage sites and assess the geological risks of pumping and retaining carbon dioxide in sub-surface structures.

If CCS is on your career-expanding agenda then you should head to London on 15 December because the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) has pulled together what should be a fascinating symposium.

“In many ways the CCS world, with its wells, reservoirs and sealing cap-rocks, will be familiar to PESGB members… however, in other ways it will be quite different,” says the society, because the twin necessities of driving costs down and ensuring long-term public safety “will demand collaboration and openness like never before”.

Joining CCS academics from universities in Edinburgh, Copenhagen and Aberdeen will be project representatives from some of the key European and US project developers — Northern Lights, Storegga, Ineos, Shell, Equinor, Energean and Lapis Energy — plus top tier presenters from the event sponsor SLB (formerly known as Schlumberger), Halliburton and Ikon Science.

If that is not enticing enough, immediately after the symposium near Regent’s Park ends, PESGB will hold its “winter social event” or, as a certain vintage of Cockneys would have called it, a “knees up"!

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