Government of Saskatchewan, Royal Dutch Shell and University of Regina establish international CO(2) storage assessment centre



    REGINA, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - The Government of Saskatchewan, Royal Dutch Shell
and the University of Regina today announced a new international centre that
will help make western Canada a world leader in the worldwide deployment and
acceptance of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS). Globally, many
governments and industries view CCS as a promising greenhouse gas reduction
mechanism, and the University of Regina has been instrumental in pioneering
the technology through its CO(2) capture research and participation in the
Weyburn enhanced oil recovery project.
    The new centre, known as the International Performance Assessment Centre
for Geologic Storage of CO(2) (IPAC-CO(2)), has been created through founding
investments of $5 million each from the Government of Saskatchewan and Shell.
Located at the University of Regina, the IPAC-CO(2) will focus on key elements
of the geological storage of CO(2):

    
    -   Assessing proposed CCS projects around the world and advising on the
        proper management of technical issues and performance monitoring;
    -   Informing stakeholders and the public about CCS from an independent,
        science-based perspective;
    -   Networking internationally to share and build on the findings of
        other research organizations.
    

    The creation of IPAC-CO(2) firmly establishes Saskatchewan as a CCS
global leader, according to the Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown
Corporations.
    "The Government of Saskatchewan is a strong supporter of innovation in
the successful deployment of CCS and further development of clean coal
technologies," he said. "Our government is proud to work with the University
of Regina and Royal Dutch Shell in this public-private partnership that will
make an important contribution to the challenge of climate change."
    "Shell sees the timely deployment of CCS as a critical part of society's
response to climate change," said Brian Straub, President, Shell Canada and
Country Chair. "Implementing widespread CCS relies on credible scientific
knowledge and we are pleased to support the formation of IPAC-CO(2) and the
activities it will undertake to help make CCS a reality."
    The centre's location at the University of Regina recognizes the
University's experience at addressing the issues related to CCS, according to
University of Regina President Vianne Timmons.
    "Given our proven record in greenhouse gas mitigation research at the
International Test Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture, the University of Regina
is a natural home for IPAC-CO(2)," she said. "The University has a great deal
of expertise to contribute. With Dr. Malcolm Wilson and his team at the
forefront, we are confident the centre will allow us to expand our research
enterprise to help provide environmental solutions both in Saskatchewan and
beyond our borders."
    "IPAC-CO(2) is also well-situated to work with and build on the extensive
CCS expertise now being developed in western Canada with support from the
neighbouring province of Alberta at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary,"
she added. "I would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan and Royal
Dutch Shell for their confidence in this new chapter of CCS development."
    Broad acceptance of CCS technology requires that IPAC-CO(2) develop its
credibility, objectivity and transparency. For that reason, the centre will
work internationally to allow the best expertise in the world to be brought to
bear on the issue of geological storage of CO(2). This expertise is found at
the Universities of Regina, Calgary, Alberta and Dalhousie, as well as in
other international organizations. To this end, IPAC-CO(2) has already begun
discussions with, among others, Imperial College, England, the CO(2)CRC in
Australia, and the Instituto do Meio Ambiente in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
    Please view this news release at
http://www.uregina.ca/news/newsreleases.php for more information about
IPAC-CO(2) and its Acting Director, Dr. Malcolm Wilson of the University of
Regina.





For further information:

For further information: Stephen King, University of Regina, Phone:
(306) 585-5439, Cell: (306) 536-4312, Email: stephen.king@uregina.ca; Simone
Marler, Shell Canada Limited, Phone: (403) 691-2065, Cell: (403) 619-0189;
Mike Woods, Crown Investments Corporation, Phone: (306) 787-5889, Email:
mwoods@cicorp.sk.ca

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