Six project proposals for the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) hubs in and around Edmonton’s industrial area have been chosen by the Albertan government in Canada.

As part of the first round of a process to award pore space rights throughout the province, the selection – announced yesterday, March 31st – invites chosen projects to collaborate with government to discuss project location details. 

The scope of the selection includes Enbridge’s Open Access Wabamun Carbon hub, Enhance Energy’s Origins Project, a joint project involving Shell Canada, a partnership involving Wolf Midstream for a hub east of Edmonton, a Pembina Pipeline and TC Energy project, and Bison Low Carbon Ventures’ Meadowbrook Hub.

Providing the initial evaluation of location suitability is successful, companies will then be able to work with government on an agreement that provides them with the right to inject captured carbon dioxide (CO2). 

Commending the Government of Alberta for moving quickly, Colin Gruending, Executive Vice President, Enbridge, commented on the selection, saying, “We look forward to working with project partners’ Capital Power and Lehigh Cement, along with our local indigenous partners, to advance the hub, creating jobs and economic growth and helping Alberta and Canada meet emissions reduction goals.” 

Approval will be granted by the Alberta Energy Regulator on the basis that the projects meet the province’s rigorous safety and environmental standards. 

Stating that CCS is a ‘proven, safe and effective’ technology, Sonya Savage, Energy Minister for Alberta, added, “We are ensuring that CCS will be deployed responsibly and strategically over the long term in the best interest of Albertans.” 

With the International Energy Agency (IEA) calling CCS ‘critical’ to help meet net-zero emissions by 2050, global investment in CCS technology is set to increase. 

Alberta’s announcement coincides with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government’s release of a road map illustrating the country’s plans to meet a commitment to cut emissions 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030. 

The Government of Alberta will be accepting a second round of project proposals between April 25th and May 2nd.