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Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is recognised as having a significant role to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and tackling climate change. In CCS schemes, carbon dioxide is captured from anthropogenic sources, and transported to suitable sites either for EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) or storage.

The individual components of carbon capture and storage offshore have all been shown to be potentially viable, and have been demonstrated on a (relatively) small scale. The application of the process on a nationwide or European scale leaves a number of areas to be more fully investigated.


Materials for Next Generation CO2 Pipeline Transport Systems (MATTRAN) is a multi-consortium project sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the aim of providing the tools and information necessary for pipeline engineers to select appropriate materials and operating conditions to control corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and fracture propagation in pipelines and associated equipment carrying supercritical CO2 from the capture processes likely to be realised in the near and long term future.

The MATTRAN project brings together a consortium of scientists, mathematicians and engineers working from the molecular scale of the CO2 in the pipeline to the macro-scale of fracture propagation and pipeline failure to produce the data required in a systematic and co-ordinated manner that will ensure that the required results are generated efficiently and quickly disseminated to the industry. In addition, the MATTRAN consortium involves academics and researchers from five institutions and introduces new researchers to the field of CCS research from four of those institutions.

The overall aim of the project is to resolve the principal material issues required to allow the near term implementation of CO2 transport, and thereby of CCS itself.