Carbon Capture and Storage Projects in Alberta

The Quest Project (Quest)

Alberta Government Funding: $745 million over 15 years 
Companies involved: Shell Canada Limitedexternal link icon , Chevron Canada Limited, and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation 
Location: Shell's Scotford upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Funding Agreement: The Quest Project Funding Agreement
Knowledge Sharing Reports: Quest Knowledge Sharing Reports

Photo of the Quest plant

About the Project:

The Quest project has seen Shell’s Scotford upgrader retrofitted for carbon capture and storage.  The project is capturing CO2 from oil sands upgrading and transporting it 65 kilometres north for permanent storage approximately two kilometres below the earth's surface.

Quest is designed to capture up to 1.08 million tonnes of CO2 per year (approximately 35 per cent of the CO2 produced by the upgrader). The Quest Project is the world’s first application of carbon capture and storage technology at an oil sands upgrader.

In 2010-11 an environmentalexternal link icon assessment was completed.

Shellexternal link icon has more information about the Quest project.


The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project (ACTL)

Alberta Government Funding: $495 million over 15 years

Companies involved: Enhance Energyexternal link icon  and the North West Redwater Partnershipexternal link icon  

Location: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, to enhanced oil recovery fields near Clive, Alberta

Funding Agreement: The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project Funding Agreement
Knowledge Sharing Reports: ACTL Knowledge Sharing Reports

Map graphic of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line


About the Project:

The ACTL is a 240-kilometer pipeline that will carry CO2 captured from the Sturgeon Refinery and the Agrium fertilizer plant to enhanced oil recovery projects in central Alberta. The ACTL will initially see an emissions reduction of 1.68 million tonnes of CO2 per year when the project is fully operational in 2018.

The designed capacity of the ACTL pipeline is 14.6 million tonnes of CO2/year, which will allow future carbon capture and storage projects to use it as the industry grows. The Alberta government has committed $495 million over 15 years for this CO2 infrastructure project.

See Enhance Energy Incexternal link icon for more ACTL information.