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CLEAN INNOVATION Q+A:

Canadian project stores 1M tonnes of C02 in the ground - and more to come
In September, Shell Canada announced that it had successfully stored its first 1M tonnes of carbon in the ground. Here is a Q&A with Tim Wiwchar, the project manager that helped make it happen.


What's the big deal with the Quest project?

TW: "Quest is the world’s first large-scale carbon capture and storage project to tackle carbon dioxide emissions in the oil sands. In its first year operating, the project has captured and safely stored one million tonnes of CO2 ahead of schedule and under budget.  To put that amount into context, it’s equal to the annual emissions from about 250,000 cars.  The technology is applicable to many global industries including steel, cement, chemicals and power generation."


What did it take for this project to move from the research and development stage through to successful implementation?

TW: "Two things stand out. First, to enable the project, the Government of Alberta had to both amend existing and create new legal and regulatory frameworks for the capture and storage of CO2.  As an example, before the Quest project, there was no method to acquire the subsurface rights to sequester CO2 in Alberta. And second, smart construction was key given the heated labour market at the time of fabrication and construction.  Modular design allowed us to build on a relatively small plot and to assemble the units offsite, considerably limiting the amount of onsite construction hours."


Describe the key partnerships and collaborations that helped bring this project to fruition?

TW: "Quest was made possible through strong support from the governments of Alberta and Canada who provided C$745 million and C$120 million, respectively, of the originally estimated total cost of $1.35 billion. The list of others who collaborated on the project is long, ranging from researchers at several Canadian universities through to the U.S. Department of Energy and international risk management firm Det Norske Veritas which did assurance on our storage and monitoring plans."


With 1M tonnes of CO2 successfully captured and stored, what’s next for the Quest project?

TW: “We will continue to share knowledge and lessons learned by hosting international delegations at Quest and by collaborating with others to improve the technology. Of the world’s 22 large-scale carbon capture projects, nearly a fifth are in Canada. It’s exciting that through sharing lessons from these projects we could help make similar subsequent plants 20-30 per cent cheaper to build and operate.”

  • Read more Canadian Clean Innovation Success Stories >
  • Look out for Smart Prosperity's landmark report on "Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada", coming in January >

CLEAN INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT:

World's first large-scale CCS project in the power sector - you can find it in Saskatchewan
The other Canadian project capable of storing up to 1M tonnes of C02 per year

In July 2016, SaskPower announced that the carbon capture and storage unit at its Boundary Dam generating station had hit and surpassed the one million mark. That's 1M tonnes of CO2 successfully stored since operations of the CCS technology had begun in October 2014.

The Boundary Dam project is the world's first large-scale application of carbon capture technology in a power plant. With some countries around the world still building carbon-emitting coal power plants, the Boundary Dam technology has cornered the global market for limiting the emissions from these projects.

  • Learn more about the Boundary Dam project >
OCTOBER 13, 2016
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

SEP / Leaders meet with Federal Ministers

OCT / Leaders make Joint Statement on Federal Carbon Pricing Plan

NOV / Leaders publish a Letter to the Prime Minister and the Premiers


NOV / Policy Briefs on "Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada"

DEC / First Ministers' Meeting - Finalizing pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate

JAN / Release of "Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada" Full Written Report and YouTube Video



 
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