The Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Alberta has begun commercial operations (OGJ Online, Apr. 21, 2014).
The project can capture 1 million tonnes/year of carbon dioxide at the Scotford upgrader operated by the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) near Fort Saskatchewan for transport through a 65-km pipeline and injection below impermeable subsurface strata. The upgrader converts bitumen from the Muskeg River and Jackpine mines into synthetic crude oil.
During tests earlier this year, the project captured and stored more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2.
The governments of Canada and Alberta provided $865 million (Can.) in funding.
AOSP partners are Shell Canada Energy, 60%, and Chevron Canada Ltd. And Marathon Oil Canada Corp., 20% each.