Lessons from Canadian Carbon Capture Are There for the Taking:
Thursday, September 22, 2016
In its first 10 months of operation, the Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta has captured and safely stored one million metric tons of CO2 ahead of schedule, Shell and its partners have announced.
Quest — the first CCS project applied to oil sands operations and one of only 22 in operation or under construction worldwide — is the result of collaboration among Shell, joint venture owners Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation, and the governments of Alberta and Canada. Site Selection first reported on the project after visiting the site in 2011.
“The success we are seeing in Quest demonstrates that Canadians are at the forefront of carbon capture and storage technology, showing the world that we can develop real solutions to address climate change,” said Zoe Yujnovich, executive vice president, oil sands for Shell. “Not only is Quest capturing and storing CO2 emissions from our oil sands operations, but its technology can be applied to other industries around the world to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions.”
Quest was designed to capture and store about one third of the emissions from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader (near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta), which turns oil sands bitumen into synthetic crude that can be refined into fuel and other products. One million metric tons of CO2 is equivalent to the annual emissions from about 250,000 cars.
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