Carbon Capture and Storage Projects in Alberta

The Quest Project (Quest)
Alberta Government Funding: $745 million over 15 years 
Companies involvedShell Canada Limited , Chevron Canada Limited, and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation 
Location: Shell's Scotford upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Funding AgreementThe Quest Project Funding Agreement
Knowledge Sharing ReportsQuest Knowledge Sharing Reports


About the Project:

The Quest project has seen Shell’s Scotford upgrader retrofitted for carbon capture and storage.  The project is capturing CO2 from oil sands upgrading and transporting it 65 kilometres north for permanent storage approximately two kilometres below the earth's surface.

Quest is designed to capture up to 1.08 million tonnes of CO2 per year (approximately 35 per cent of the CO2 produced by the upgrader). The Quest Project is the world’s first application of carbon capture and storage technology at an oil sands upgrader.

In 2010-11 an environmental  assessment was completed.

Shell  has more information about the Quest project.

The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project (ACTL)

Alberta Government Funding: $495 million over 15 years
Companies involved: Enhance Energy   and the North West Redwater Partnership   

Location: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, to enhanced oil recovery fields near Clive, Alberta

Funding Agreement: The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project Funding Agreement
Knowledge Sharing Reports: ACTL Knowledge Sharing Reports

 Map graphic of the Alberta Carbon Truck Line

About the Project:

The ACTL is a 240-kilometer pipeline that will carry CO2 captured from the Sturgeon Refinery and the Agrium fertilizer plant to enhanced oil recovery projects in central Alberta. The ACTL will initially see an emissions reduction of 1.68 million tonnes of CO2 per year when the project is fully operational in 2018.

The designed capacity of the ACTL pipeline is 14.6 million tonnes of CO2/year, which will allow future carbon capture and storage projects to use it as the industry grows. The Alberta government has committed $495 million over 15 years for this CO2 infrastructure project.

See Enhance Energy Inc  for more ACTL information.

Related Resources; 

  •  Atlas of Canada Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP)
    CERP is a map populated by Natural Resources Canada to show where projects are located and how much clean energy resource potential exists across the country. It includes carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities and distributed generation capacity across Canada.
  • CCS 101 , the Canadian Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Information Source
    This federal/provincial/territorial government-based network was created under the direction of the Council of Energy Ministers (CEM) in September 2008 to address key CCS issues of common interest across Canada.
  • Canmet Energy - Clean Fossil Fuels (NRCan)
    The Carbon Capture & Storage Technology Roadmap is a consultative process that is designed to help industry, its supply-chain, academic and research groups, and governments come together to jointly identify and prioritize the technologies needed to support strategic research and development, marketing and investment decisions.
  • California Carbon Capture and Storage
    California produces roughly 1.4 per cent of the world's, and 6.2 per cent of the total U.S., greenhouse gases and is looking for solutions to lower the state’s GHG emissions. Carbon Capture and Storage is one of those solutions.
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum
    A partnership of governments focused on developing technologies for CCS through collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic and environmental obstacles.
  • CCS Association
    An industry-led group that promotes Carbon Capture and Storage activities in the UK and elsewhere.
  • Emissions Reduction Alberta
    ERA works with government, industry and innovators to accelerate development of innovative technologies that reduce GHG emissions.
  • Global CCS Institute
    The institute announced by the Australian Government in 2008 aims to accelerate the worldwide commercial deployment of at-scale CCS.
  • Norway - Ministry of Petroleum and Energy - Carbon Capture and Storage
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a central part of the Norwegian government’s policy on energy and climate change. A large scale CO2 capture plant at the Mongstad refinery on the western coast of Norway is just one of the efforts currently in development.
  • Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCOR)
    The partnership is a multiyear collaboration of over 80 U.S. and Canadian stakeholders to lay the groundwork for practical and environmentally sound carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration projects in the PCOR Partnership Region in the heartland of North America.
  • UK Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research Centre
    Hosted by the School of Geo Sciences, University of Edinburgh, part of Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage (SCCS) the largest carbon storage grouping in the UK. Dozens of researchers extend world-class expertise in CO2 storage evaluation and injection, using petroleum and hydrocarbon geoscience (based on geology, geophysics, geo-engineering and subsurface fluid flow).
  • Zero Emission Platform (ZEP)
    Founded in 2005, ZEP is a coalition of European utilities, petroleum companies, equipment suppliers, scientist, academics and environmental NGOs united in their support for CCS as a key technology for combating climate change.