Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) are pleased to announce the completion of the PTAC Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) study

    CALGARY, March 14 /CNW/ - Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and
the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) are pleased to announce the
completion of the PTAC Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) study. This PTAC
initiated study included collaboration from 16 producers, transportation
pipeline companies, water and power utilities, and provincial government
departments which have provided funding for this project and have overseen its
implementation through a Technical Steering Committee. Findings of this study
will be released to the public July 1, 2009.
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could substantially reduce Canada's
greenhouse gas emissions. The process of CCS is self describing; carbon
dioxide is first captured from large emission sources such as coal-fired
electricity plants, upgraders, refineries, etc., then purified and transported
to geological storage sites where it can be utilized for enhanced recovery of
hydrocarbons and sequestered.
    Conducted by SNC-LAVALIN, the study evaluated representative CO(2)
sources in the Fort Saskatchewan area in order to understand what is required
to aggregate different quality types of CO(2). Process design included CO(2)
purification, dehydration and compression requirements. The study reviewed the
merits of CO(2) compression economies of scale and other facility
configurations to demonstrate an efficient design for CO(2) capture.
    The study has found that significant volumes of CO(2) could be aggregated
in the Fort Saskatchewan area. Capture of CO(2) from hydrogen production
facilities used in the upgrading and refining process is feasible and some
hydrogen creation processes create a pure source of CO(2) that could be
    Ultimately it is hoped that this study will facilitate the discussion and
advance the science and knowledge of CO(2) capture for enhanced oil and gas
recovery and sequestration.
    Soheil Asgarpour, PTAC President said, "This is an important step in
producing clean energy from Alberta's world class hydrocarbon resources. It
will create business opportunities for the producers, transporters, CO(2)
emitters, small and medium enterprises while minimizing the environmental foot

    PTAC is a not-for-profit organization. Our vision is to help Canada
become a global hydrocarbon energy technology leader through facilitation of
innovation, collaborative research and technology development, demonstration
and deployment for a responsible Canadian hydrocarbon energy industry. The
complete listing of PTAC related projects is available on the PTAC website at

    AERI promotes energy research, technology evaluation and technology
transfer in areas including oil and gas, heavy oil and oil sands, coal,
electricity, renewable and alternative energy. AERI promotes consortia and
builds networks by integrating knowledge, skills and investment potential of
industry players, federal and provincial governments, research providers and

    Project funders and sponsors include:

    Air Liquide Canada Inc.  ATCO Power Ltd.         Kereco Energy Ltd.
    Alberta Employment,      Devon Canada Corp.      Pembina Pipeline Corp.
     Immigration and         Enbridge Inc.           Penn West Petroleum Ltd.
     Industry                Enerplus Resources Fund Praxair Canada Inc.
    Alberta Energy Research  EPCOR                   TransCanada Pipelines
     Institute               Ferus Trust
    ARC Energy Trust         Inter Pipeline Fund

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Soheil Asgarpour, PTAC President,
Telephone: (403) 218-7701, Email:, Website:

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