A new carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has been unveiled for Canada, with Capital Power Corporation and Enbridge inking an agreement that will see the development of CCS technology in the Wabamun area to reduce carbon emissions.

Located in the Alberta, near Capital Power’s Genesee Generating Station, the project hopes to see the development of an open access carbon hub – and works are planned to start as early as December 2021.

Expected to capture three million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from two repowered units from the Genesee Generating Station, the project will see captured CO2 transported and storage through the carbon hub.

The hub will serve both Enbridge and several other local industrial companies.

Chris Kopeky, Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal, Development and Commercial Officer at Capital Power, said, “Capital Power is helping build a carbon-neutral future in Alberta by advancing the Genesee CCS Project at our Genesee Generating Station.

“It’s exciting to partner with Enbridge – a sustainability leader – on this project and support their efforts in pursuit of the Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub. Collaborative development throughout the CCS value chain is key to ensuring that CCS can be deployed in a safe, responsible and cost-effective manner.”

Subject to the award of carbon sequestration rights and regulatory approvals, the proposed project could be service as early as 2026.

Colin Gruending, Executive Vice-President and President of Liquid Pipelines at Enbridge, said, “We’re excited to be partnering with Capital Power in support of their commitment to a low-carbon energy future.

“Collaboration like this is critical as we look to advance cost-effective, customer-focused carbon capture, transportation and storage solutions in Alberta and across North America, with a commitment to protecting land, water and the environment and engaging meaningfully with local Indigenous communities.”