In less than five years since its start up, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility owned by Shell Canada has captured and safely stored five million tonnes of CO2, the Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary said.

To put it into perspective, five million tonnes of CO2 is equal to the annual emissions from about 1.25 million cars.

The energy giant claims that Quest is the “world’s first commercial-scale CCS facility applied to oil sands operations”.

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Source: Shell Canada

“Widespread adoption of carbon capture and storage is one of the key solutions the world needs right now to help solve the climate challenge,” said Michael Crothers, President and Country Chair, Shell Canada.

“In its fifth year operating, Quest continues to be a thriving example of how carbon capture and storage is working; showing it can make a significant contribution to lowering CO2 emissions and at a lower cost than anticipated.”

“Our expertise, regulatory frameworks and geology make Alberta an ideal place to continue developing CCS technology.”