A newly formed project has set out to assess carbon capture and storage (CCS) potential in Northeast British Columbia, Canada, as part of the province’s plans to grow both its low-carbon energy and CCS sectors.

The BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE), Geoscience BC and the BC Hydrogen Office on Wednesday (1st June) said they have joined forces to carry out the work that is set to be a key part in British Columbia achieving its emissions reduction targets

Under the project plans, the parties will look to identify and estimate carbon dioxide storage potential, provide key information of its findings for improved decision-making for policy and regulatory makers and establish a CCS Outreach and Engagement Programme.

With this, it is hoped there will be raised awareness of CCS opportunities in the province.

Bruce Ralston, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, said, “Carbon capture and storage is one of the key pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as we transition from fossil-based fuels to cleaner sources of energy.”

“Mapping potential CCS sites will accelerate investments in CCS projects and supports the development of a low-carbon hydrogen industry in British Columbia.”

gasworld believes that public information generated by the study will benefit various stakeholders, including hydrogen producers, industry, governments, academics, communities and other groups.

Yemi Adefulu, Deputy Executive Director of CICE, said, “This project in Northeast BC is a first step in a broader strategy CICE intends to embark on to establish a carbon management economy in BC. We believe a carbon management industry can play a critical role in meeting both the province’s climate action and economic development objectives.”

Gavin Dirom, President of Geoscience BC, added, “The transition to a lower carbon economy is accelerating and changing demand for public geoscience. The Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas project is a great example of the type of collaboration required to deliver the data needed to make informed, science-based decisions.”

A Project Advisory Committee will be confirmed to advise on the project, and an engagement plan for the project will be developed by 30th June 2022. The project is expected to be completed by 31st May 2023.