17 Mar 2021

GENERAL MEETING | Hydrogen and Energy 101: Role of CCUS

When: Wednesday March 17, 2021 | 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Where: Zoom

Speaker: Talib Syed



The hydrogen economy and the role of CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) is big news today. Many governments, corporations (including non-profits), academia and the general public support efforts to address global warming and climate concerns and this has led to a significant projected increase in hydrogen use and a bigger role for CCUS globally in the future energy mix as we transition to a low carbon economy by 2050. A predicted 2.40 C increase in the average global surface temperature by 2100 (greatly exceeding the Paris Climate Accord targets) is also a cause of great concern, in order to mitigate global weather - related catastrophic events.

Fossil fuels (mostly natural gas) will remain the primary source of hydrogen by 2050 and the oil and gas industry with its unique skills, resources and experience can play a major role in this energy mix transition. Renewable energy sources from wind, solar etc. are also expected to play a bigger role in efforts to decarbonize other industry sectors.

This presentation will cover the production and uses of hydrogen in various industry sectors, its health and safety risks, a brief look at the future H2 economy, a listing of the CCUS projects that are currently active or planned globally, and the challenges in massively scaling up the H2 economy.


Talib Syed, P.E. holds a B-Tech (Chemical Engineering – Univ. of Madras, India) and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering (Univ. of Oklahoma) and is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in CO and WY. Talib started his oilfield career with ARAMCO – Saudi Arabia and has U.S. and international experience – both onshore and offshore. Talib is a SPE Distinguished Lecturer on Life Cycle Well Integrity (2020 – 2021) and currently serves as SPE Denver Section Chair – HSES/Facilities and as SPE Member-at-Large CCUS Technical Section. Talib is a member of SPE, American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE), Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC).

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