CO2ReMoVe is a large-scale project involving 29 partners from across Europe. The project examines the geological storage of CO2 as a means to reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. The CO2 that is captured from power stations and industry is stored underground, frequently in locations where oil or gas was previously extracted. After capture the CO2 is pressurized and transported to a place where it is injected underground. This could prove profitable in the future if the value of the allocated CO2 allowances increases significantly. The CO2ReMoVe project aims to develop innovative research and technologies for the monitoring and verification of CO2 geological storage with a view to ensuring long-term storage security, developing guidelines for CO2 storage, and disseminating the results and experiences obtained in CO2ReMoVe.
The activities of the project occur across the entire world in all climatic conditions, from the ice-cold Barents Sea to the sweltering Algerian desert. The challenge of this project is to integrate the monitoring experiments with the gas and oil extraction in situ. Management issues vary from arranging accommodation at a location to the quality of technical equipment.
The effective organisation of a project involving so many participants is of paramount importance. The project is divided into five sub-projects, each with their own leader. These leaders form a project management team that reports to the steering committee. The sub-projects are further subdivided into work packages, with one leader per work package who organises the work that has to be done. At this level technical meetings are held to discuss the scientific progress. Because project staff from throughout Europe attend the meetings, it is practical to hold these close to an airport, such as Hoofddorp near Schiphol. In addition, there are frequent telephone conferences and daily contact is maintained by telephone and e-mail.
Because this is an FP6 project, it means that a new plan has to be submitted each year to the EC, along with the progress and financial reports. The EC ascertains if the project is proceeding according to plan, if the costs are in proportion to the progress, and if the project is being correctly managed.
It was decided to run a trial with EU-xpert during the second year. The benefits for the partners is that it is simple to use is and provides an overview. The decision was made to use EU-xpert for the third year.