A.1 Overview of data analysis process

Since 2009, the Global CCS Institute has maintained a comprehensive database on CCS projects in order to quantify progress made towards CCS demonstration. Historically, the Institute’s dataset on LSIPs has been compiled from an annual project survey completed by lead project proponents. This survey monitors projects’ progress through the asset lifecycle. It is supported by primary research undertaken by the Institute’s Australian, North American and European offices, with results retained for proprietary analysis and displayed in summary form on the Institute’s public website and within its Global Status of CCS reports.

For 2012, the Institute has improved data quality and relevance to more accurately understand and report on project demonstration and movement. At the time of publication, the Institute had received survey returns from 75 per cent of surveyed projects. This demonstrates a high level of direct engagement with projects around the world and forms an empirical basis for analysis. For those projects that did not complete the survey this year, previously collected and publically available data was used for analysis purposes.

A key element to these improvements was the adoption of a statistical framework driving stronger process and control through survey efforts, and creating the appropriate supporting structures to reinforce this.

There are five phases to the Institute’s framework.

  1. Development phase: during which planning for the conduct of the survey and the topics on which information is to be collected are determined.
  2. Collection phase: covers those activities undertaken up to and including the lodgement of the completed survey forms from projects.
  3. Processing phase: covers the capture of responses on survey forms and representation in Institute systems.
  4. Analysis/Dissemination phase: the key objective is to produce a statistical package which can inform annual reporting on overall development of CCS projects and their respective contributions toward demonstration.
  5. Evaluation phase: evaluation activity brings together all phases to assess performance in preparation for the following year/s.

This sequence provides the Institute with the ability to adopt a repeatable process with the necessary supporting structures in place.

In addition to this, the Institute undertook a series of interviews with projects in 2012 and gratefully acknowledges instructive discussions with Green Hydrogen, Getica CCS, ROAD, South West Hub, Don Valley, Peterhead, and Quest.