EDMONTON, March 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Shell Canada announced it is contributing $450,000 to the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton (TWOSE) to fund its on-site school program, and unveiled a new interactive carbon capture and storage (CCS) exhibit.
The funding will be directed to the Science Centre's on-site school program, and is distributed over three years. The interactive CCS display is designed to help showcase the technology, and specifically Quest, the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world for an oil sands operation.
"Supporting education and developing science literacy is a major focus of our social investment program," says Stephanie Sterling, Shell's General Manager, Community and Indigenous Relations. "The science centre's school field trip program is designed to teach about science through hands-on learning opportunities and reaches on average more than 160,000 students per year. We are delighted to support a program that is focused on making science fun for kids and inspiring innovative thinking."
"Advancing knowledge is a core aspect of our science centre, and we are grateful for this partnership which allows us to continue to serve the community," says Alan Nursall, President and CEO, TWOSE. "The support of our school programs ensures our scientists can deliver programs which engage thousands of students. The carbon capture and storage exhibit adds value for all our guests to better understand this technology."
"Science, technology and innovation are all core to what Shell and our industry does. In addition to providing funding for science education we are able to bring an interactive experience to the facility that is designed to enhance understanding about how CCS technology works and the work Shell is doing to advance CCS through the Quest project," says Sterling.
"As we get closer to starting up Quest later this year we want to show Albertans how CCS works and demonstrate Canada's leadership in helping to pave the way for future GHG-reducing CCS projects around the world."
The Quest CCS project is being built by Shell Canada on behalf of its Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture owners and with a total $865 million investment from the Governments of Alberta and Canada. Once operational, Quest will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Scotford Upgrader, 50 km northeast of Edmonton, by more than one million tonnes per year -- which is like taking 175,000 North American cars off the road.
The interactive experience invites TWOSE visitors to take a journey more than two kilometres underground to the rock formation into which the Quest CO2 will be injected and permanently stored.
Notes to Editors:
- The Athabasca Oil Sands Project, with 255,000 barrels per day of mining and upgrading capacity, is a joint venture among Shell Canada Energy (60 per cent), Chevron Canada Limited (20 per cent) and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation (20 per cent).
- CCS has been identified as a critical technology to reduce CO2 emissions from large-scale industrial facilities like power plants, oil and gas operations The International Energy Agency (IEA) calls CCS "a crucial part of worldwide efforts to limit global warming" and estimates that it could deliver about one-fifth of necessary worldwide reductions in greenhouse gases by 2050.
- Shell is also working with governments and experts to help the development of CCS in other countries around the world, with interests in projects in Norway and Australia and a potential project in the UK.
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