The funding for both of the following projects was developed based on the 2008 project proposal. The process and the funding agreements are explained in the following documents for each project:
- Quest consolidated funding document (PDF, 2.1 MB)
- Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) funding document (PDF, 2.3 MB)
The Quest Project
This project retrofitted Shell’s Scotford upgrader for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project is capturing CO2 from oil sands upgrading and transporting it 65 kilometres north for permanent storage approximately two kilometres below the earth's surface.
Quest is designed to capture up to 1.08 million tonnes of CO2 per year (approximately 35% of the CO2 produced by the upgrader). The Quest project is the world’s first application of CCS technology at an oil sands upgrader.
In 2010-11 an environmental assessment was completed.
Shell Canada Energy, the project operator for the Quest project, has noted that since entering into operation in 2015, the Quest project has captured and stored over 7 million tonnes of CO2. The annual injection amounts up to 2021 are listed below (taken from the project's Knowledge Sharing documents).
Table 1. Knowledge Sharing Injection Amounts Reported (in million tonnes)
Alberta Government: $745 million until 2025
Companies involved: Shell Canada Energy (project operator), Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited, Chevron Canada Oil Sands Partnership and 1745844 Alberta Ltd. (owners)
The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line Project (ACTL)
The ACTL is a 240-kilometre pipeline that carries CO2 captured from the Sturgeon Refinery and the Nutrien Redwater fertilizer plant to enhanced oil recovery projects in central Alberta.
The designed capacity of the ACTL pipeline is 14.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year, which will allow future carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects to use it as the industry grows.
Enhance Energy Inc., the sequestration site operator for the ACTL project, has noted that since entering into operation in 2020, the ACTL project has captured and sequestered over 3.0 million tonnes of CO2. The annual injection amounts up to 2021 are listed below (taken from the project's Knowledge Sharing documents).
Table 2. Knowledge Sharing Injection Amounts Reported (in million tonnes)
Alberta's investment in CCUS will also help make carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies more accessible. Both funded projects are required to share technical information and lessons learned. This will help future CCUS projects from around the world benefit from the lessons learned in Alberta. These reports are provided to the Government of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta has obtained a license or other authorization for use of the reports. Please see Alberta's CCS Knowledge Sharing Program records, which include a disclaimer and full terms and conditions of use.
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