The World Bank Group (WBG) has been providing assistance to its partner countries on carbon capture capacity building since 2009.
In this context, WBG commissioned the consortium composed of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Carbon Counts (UK), and Environics to carry out a study for the assessment of CCS potential and capacity building in Egypt.
The consortium cooperated to produce the study, which was divided into 3 tasks to meet its objectives.
- Task 1 – Technical & economic assessment of CCS potential in Egypt, led by Carbon Counts: This task followed the overall approach of conducting a thorough quantitative assessment of CCS potential in Egypt allowing for a small number of candidate pilot-scale projects to be identified. This task comprised: assessing the applicability of carbon capture in Egypt; assessing CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) potential; economic analysis of CCS project options, project prioritisation & recommendations.
- Task 2 – Analysis of barriers and steps to overcome them, led by ERM: This task built on international CCS experience relating to developing countries, and incorporated inputs and outcomes from the stakeholder engagement meetings. This task investigated six categories of barriers, namely: legal and regulatory; technical; policy; social; institutional, and economic.
- Task 3 – Capacity building, led by Environics: This task proposed actions that aimed at bringing Egyptian institutions to a level at which they can operate effectively in an integrated CCS value chain, and enhance their capacities to implement a future CCS national plan. This entailed:
- Outlining capacity building needs based on the requirements of CCS technology and practice,
- Discussing relevant issues and proposed capacity building related actions to move CCS forward, and
- Focusing on priority capacity needs to take such actions based on priorities revealed through the consultant team’s analysis, or directly by representatives of stakeholder institutions.