The largest carbon capture pipeline in the world faced lengthy delays to develop
Kyle Bakx · CBC News · Posted: Jun 02, 2020 8:00 AM ET
After more than a decade in the works, a new carbon capture project in Alberta is now operational with lofty goals of sequestering large amounts of emissions, while also helping to revitalize the oil industry in the central part of the province.
The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) was awarded provincial and federal funding back in 2009 and startup was expected in 2012, but the project has faced several delays including because of the oil price crash in 2014.
The system is described as the world’s largest capacity pipeline for CO2 from human activity and its capacity represents about 20 per cent of all current oilsands emissions, according to officials with the project.
The $1.2-billion project will take emissions from the Redwater Fertilizer factory and the Sturgeon refinery near Edmonton to aging oil reservoirs in central and southern Alberta.
“This will change how business is done in Alberta,” said Kevin Jabusch, CEO of Enhance Energy, in a statement as part of the project’s announcement on Tuesday.
Enhance Energy is part of a consortium of companies that own and operate the ACTL system. The company is injecting the CO2 from the pipeline into its oilfields near Clive, Alberta.
“We are putting CO2 to use. We permanently keep CO2 out of the environment, while producing low-carbon energy. Not only are we reinvigorating our rural energy economy at a time when it is needed most, but we are playing a key role in advancing a sustainable solution to global energy requirements,” he said.