Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) Project

    CALGARY, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and
the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) are pleased to announce the
inception of the PTAC Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) Project. PTAC has initiated
collaboration among 17 producers, transportation companies, and provincial
governments which have provided funding for this project and will oversee its
implementation through a Steering Committee.
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could substantially reduce Canada's
greenhouse gas emissions. CCS is exactly as it sounds - carbon dioxide is
first captured (coal-fired electricity plants, upgraders, refineries, etc.),
then purified, and finally, transported to geological storage sites where it
is injected underground. But CCS isn't just a way to get CO2 out of the air.
It can also enhance oil production by recovering oil and gas from depleted
    The project will provide design and cost estimate for a CO2 collection
system from different sources in the Fort Saskatchewan area of Alberta, and
CO2 transportation through a common pipeline system. The project scope will
only include the required pipeline infrastructure to aggregate CO2 to a common
location. The study does not include pipelines to enhanced recovery fields at
this time.
    The Steering Committee believes that sufficient CO2 exists or will exist
in the Fort Saskatchewan area to support commercial scale enhanced recovery of
conventional oil in Alberta. Large CO2 supplies currently exist at refineries
and upgraders and several new facilities proposed for the Fort Saskatchewan
    Conducted by SNC-LAVALIN, the study will evaluate at least three
representative CO2 sources in order to understand what is required to
aggregate different quality types of CO2. Several companies have agreed to
provide CO2 quantity and quality information in support of this study. Process
design may include CO2 purification, dehydration and compression requirements.
The project will review the merits of a common compression site to achieve
system pressure required for pipeline transport to major oil pools.
    Soheil Asgarpour, PTAC President said, "This is a major step forward in
producing clean energy from Alberta's world class hydrocarbon resources. It
will create a win-win situation for the producers, transporters, CO2 emitters
and above all, the people of Alberta."

    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          ARC Resources Ltd.  Inter Pipeline Fund  TransCanada
    Alberta Employment,  ATCO                Kereco               Pipeline
    Immigration and      Devon Canada        Pembina
    Industry             Enbridge            Penn West Energy
    Alberta Energy       Enerplus            Trust
    Research Institute   Ferus               Praxair

    Findings of this study will be presented at the PTAC Towards Clean Energy
Production - Managing GHGs While Minimizing Costs and Maximizing Recovery
Conference February 27-28, 2008 at the Telus Convention Centre.

For further information:

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

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