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6th Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting

1-5 November 2015 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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Participants during the opening plenary session

The 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) took place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015, at the Kingdom Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Attended by nine ministers and over 100 participants, the theme of the meeting was “Moving Beyond the First Wave of CCS Demonstrations.”

In the morning participants were welcomed by Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair, then heard an address by Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair. The scene was then set with presentations on the global role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and the role of CCS in the Middle East. Participants then heard a presentation on the history and opportunity of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change by UN Under-Secretary-General Christian Friis Bach. Two roundtable discussions were held, the first on ”Steps to complete and move beyond the first wave of CCS demonstration projects - How fast is reasonable?“, and the second on national and international policies and efforts to accelerate the deployment of CCS.

In the afternoon participants heard key perspectives from the Stakeholders, Technical Group and Policy Group meetings held on 2-3 November, after which Co-Chair Moniz summarized the roundtables and identified potential actions. Ministers then discussed country experiences, opportunities, key policies and actions needed for CCS deployment. After a brief closed discussion between ministers, a Ministerial Communiqué was issued and a press conference was held. In the evening, participants attended a dinner.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, covered the Ministerial Conference of the 6th Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Ministerial Meeting, which took place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, also covered the Saudi Aramco Site Visit on Thursday, 5 November 2015, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


OPENING PLENARY SESSION: ”Moving Beyond the First Wave of CCS Demonstrations“

Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair


Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair

Kamel Ben Naceur, International Energy Agency (IEA), during his presentation on the Global Role of CCS


Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr, Executive Vice-President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, during his presentation on the Role of CCS in the Middle East

Christian Friis Bach, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), during his speech on the History and Opportunity of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC


Roundtable Session 1:
Steps to Complete and Move Beyond the First Wave of CCS Demos – How Fast is Reasonable?

The dais during Roundtable Session 1: (L-R) Chair Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates (UAE); David Hone, Global Climate Change Advisor, Shell; Michael Monea, President of CCS Initiatives, SaskPower; Scott McDonald, Biofuels Development Director, Archer Daniels Midland; James Briscoe, Senior Vice-President of Development, Occidental Petroleum; Khaled A. Al-Buraik, Vice President, Petroleum Engineering and Development, Saudi Aramco; Hans Schoenmakers, Director Stakeholder Management, Maasvlakte CCS Project C.V.


Michael Monea, President of CCS Initiatives, SaskPower, presented the SaskPower Boundary Dam Project in Canada.

David Hone, Global Climate Change Advisor, Shell, presented the Shell Quest Project in Canada.


Participants watched a video about the SaskPower Boundary Dam Project in Canada presented by Michael Monea.


A slide from Scott McDonald’s presentation

Scott McDonald, Biofuels Development Director, Archer Daniels Midland, presented the Illinois Industrial CCS Project in the US.


A slide from James Briscoe’s presentation

James Briscoe, Senior Vice-President of Development, Occidental Petroleum, presented the Occidental Petroleum’s CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery Business in the US.


Khaled A. Al-Buraik, Vice President, Petroleum Engineering and Development, Saudi Aramco

Hans Schoenmakers, Director Stakeholder Management, Maasvlakte CCS Project C.V., presented the Rotterdam Storage and Capture Demonstration Project (ROAD) in the Netherlands.


Participants watched a video about the Uthmaniyah CO2-EOR Project in Saudi Arabia presented by Khaled A. Al-Buraik


Roundtable Session 2:
National and International Policies to Accelerate the Deployment of CCS

Tord Lien, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway, reported on Norway’s CCS policy.

A slide from Tord Lien’s presentation


Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, presented the US CCS Policy Under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs, Netherlands, presented the Netherland’s CCS efforts.


Jeremy Pocklington, United Kingdom

Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada,
Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar


AFTERNOON SESSION: Key Actions Needed for CCS at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to Ensure a Clean Energy Future - Key CSLF Perspectives


Key CSLF Perspectives

Barry Worthington, Executive Director,
US Energy Association (USEA)

Trygve Riis, Technical Group Chair, Norway


Christopher Smith, Policy Group Chair, US


CSLF Ministerial Discussion: Opportunities/Key Policies and Actions Needed for CCS Deployment

Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salam, Vice Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia


Press Conference

L-R: Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, UAE; Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US,
and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair; Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia,
and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair; and Tord Lien, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway



Around the Venue

L-R: Kimo Goree, IISD RS, and Mounir Adhoum, Saudi Aramco

Participants during a break






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