Saskatchewan is becoming a global centre of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology
- 7 Jul 2016
- BRUCE JOHNSTONE
Sask. centre signs deal with Australian CO2 researchers
Province keen to share knowledge gained from studying carbon capture
The whole idea here is to help other projects to be more economical so that carbon capture and storage technology can be advanced.
Saskatchewan is becoming a global centre of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and many countries and organizations want to find out what we’ve learned.
Ken From, CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina, says the world is welcome to share what Saskatchewan has learned about CCS, particularly the storage part of carbon capture and storage. PTRC manages Aquistore, the world’s only integrated storage facility associated with the world’s first industrial-scale CCS plant at a coal-fired generating station, SaskPower’s Boundary Dam power station at Estevan.
“The Aquistore project is exceeding the team’s expectations,’’ From said. “All the instruments are performing well. We’re getting some really good data.’’
Aquistore, which injects, stores and monitors CO2 captured from the CCS plant at Boundary Dam in deep geological formations, acts as an ‘industrial laboratory’ to test and develop monitoring technologies to advance commercial CCS projects internationally. As a world-leading project, Aquistore continues to attract international attention and research partners.
That’s why the PTRC and the CO2 Commonwealth Research Centre (CO2CRC) in Australia have announced the formal signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). PTRC has similar arrangements with other countries and organizations, including the World Bank.
“The reason we’re doing these (MOUs) and people are approaching us is because when you share results, you help everybody. It helps you focus your efforts so you’re not duplicating (the efforts of others),” From said. “The whole idea here is to help other projects to be more economical so that carbon capture and storage technology can be advanced.’’
CO2CRC, a leading carbon capture and storage organization in Australia, has worked for over a decade to introduce advanced technologies that support the deployment of industrial-scale CCS projects. It is the only Australian organization to have undertaken the study of the full chain of CCS technologies (capture, transportation, storage).
“Both CO2CRC and PTRC are focused on driving the costs of carbon capture and storage down to deploy CCS more quickly,” said Tania Constable, CEO of CO2CRC. “Sharing information techniques will help.’’
“CO2CRC will work closely with PTRC to support this goal,’’ she added.
This agreement is PTRC’s fourth international agreement related to Aquistore. Similar agreements have recently been signed with British, United States and Mexican organizations. “That’s what we’re all about,’’ From said. “It doesn’t matter where the CO2 comes from. We’re finding ways to utilize CO2 and understand what happens to it underground.’’