Work has begun at British Columbia’s large-scale commercial facility which will produce transportation fuel out of atmosphere carbon dioxide (CO2) with Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture (DAC) technology.

The Canadian company last week (14th Oct) announced that, with its partners, The Upper Nicola Band and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, preliminary engineering and design has started at the plant which could deliver up to 100 million litres of ultra-low carbon fuel each year. 

Following the announcement, it is expected that physical construction will begin in 2023, with operations targeted to commence approximately three years after that. Once fully assembled, the plant is expected to occupy 100 acres of commercially designated land.

Carbon Engineering’s AIR TO FUELS™ technology will play a leading role at the plant. A key offering for the company AIR TO FUELS removes CO2 directly from the atmosphere at large scale and produces ultra-low carbon intensity fuels.

On the technology’s role at the site, Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering, said, Carbon Engineering’s climate solutions were developed here at home in Canada, with BC. providing the ideal location for our company to innovate and grow. I couldn’t think of a more fitting location for the proposed development of our first commercial AIR TO FUELS™ plant.”

“Our Canadian-made solutions have the potential to be key tools in the efforts to achieve the Province’s CleanBC and Canada’s net zero goals, and we’re grateful for the BC Government’s continued support and commitment to the low-carbon transition.”

The project has also been welcomed by the Canadian Government, who will evaluate the project and closely track the engineer work through the Strategic Innovation Fund. As an initial investor, the Government is keen to see they plant’s decarbonisation contribution.

On this, The Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation, said, “The Merritt Electro Fuels Project advances made-in-B.C. technology to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere and convert it into clean fuels.”

“This innovative, world-leading project will support our economy’s shift away from fossil fuels while creating new jobs and opportunities for British Columbians.”