The Global CCS Institute has applauded the significant one-year milestone achieved at Shell’s Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, capturing and storing one million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) ahead of schedule.

Quest is the first CCS project to have been applied to oil sands operations, and was made possible through strong collaboration between Shell, joint venture owners, and the governments of Alberta and Canada.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, congratulated Shell and its partners on the milestone achievement at Quest in Alberta, Canada, for leading in global best practice and willingness to share data and knowledge acquired in the process of creating the project.

“The success at the Quest Project further demonstrates CCS as a proven technology which is significantly reducing CO2 emissions, and playing a critical role in addressing emissions targets for mitigating global warming at the lowest cost,” he said.

“The knowledge and experience gained through the Quest Project is contributing to significant reductions in the cost of CCS. Shell reports that the cost of developing the Quest project today would be reduced by 20-30%.”

“Shell and the Canadian government should also be congratulated for sharing what they have learned from the Quest Project as this will contribute to further cost reductions in future CCS projects,” Page concluded.