A new report has been published by the Energy Institute’s (EI) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) committee on hazard analysis for offshore carbon capture platforms and offshore pipelines.

Developed and part-funded by the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI), the research report is based around an analysis of an offshore CO2 dispersion modelling exercise carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory for EI.

Air Products, Progressive Energy, AMEC also funded for the report, which is supported by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) and the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

Describing solutions and mitigation techniques, the report provides an example enabling individuals to develop further hazard models.

EI CCS committee chairman, Andy Brown, said the model used a process hazard analysis software tool that provided initial indications as to where the zones of lethality might exist in a given event, and looked at various rupture scenarios.

"The good news is that known and tested mitigation techniques can be applied offshore," Brown said.

"The good news is that known and tested mitigation techniques can be applied offshore."

The report is said to act as a guide for the health and safety hazard analysis for offshore management of pipelines and platforms, where the availability of CO2 will be seen as a part of CCS installations.

EI’s new report also communicates existing knowledge on pipeline and offshore facility design and operations.

Certain areas of uncertainty are also identified where existing knowledge cannot be applied with sufficient confidence, considering the future scale and nature of expected CCS operations.

The latest document complements the already published onshore version of the document, ‘Technical guidance on hazard analysis for onshore carbon capture installations and onshore pipelines.’