CCS has also been a topic of great interest in several Norwegian academic institutions, one being the Geology Dept. at the University of Oslo (UiO). Following a study tour by a UiO- delegation led by rector Ole Petter Ottersen to South Africa in 2015, it was agreed that UiO was to assist the University of Pretoria to build up local capacity and knowledge on CCS through a series of courses taught by UiO staff. The first of these courses was taught 7-11 March.
The 5-day intensive course on Reservoir geology/geophysics, reservoir development and CO2 sequestration, was given by professors Alvar Braathen (UiO) and Snorre Olaussen (of UNIS – the University Centre in Svalbard). The course attracted about 25 participants; mostly BSC Honors and Master students from University of Pretoria and additional 9 participants from other institutions, the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS) included.
The intensive course was tough for both teachers and students, but functioned very well, with a combination of lectures and exercises followed by lots of engaging discussions. A newly drilled core from the local Karoo Formations was exhibited and used in the exercises, clearly one of the highlights.
After the course, fruitful discussion between involved professors and participants from SACCCS and UP underlined the good possibilities for both master and PhD thesis programmes to evolve on basis of this course series.