Pathways Alliance awards pipeline contract for potential $16.5bn CCS network


Canada’s Pathways Alliance, formed of six of the country’s largest oil sands companies, is one step closer to seeing its proposed $16.5bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) network come to life in the province of Alberta.

In its latest move, the consortium awarded a $10m contract to global engineering and consulting company Wood to develop detailed plans for a 400-kilometer carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation line.

If plans for the line are approved, the infrastructure will eventually link more than 20 oil sands facilities, with a hub for permanent carbon storage in the Cold Lake, Alberta region. 14 oil sands facilities will be initially connected by the network.

Pathways Alliance has also confirmed that engineering and field work is currently underway to support a regulatory application for later this year. If given the go-ahead, it is hoped the project will reduce net CO2 emissions by around 10-12 million tonnes per year by 2030.

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