Alberta Saline Aquifer Project & Genesee Demonstration Project
ecoENERGY Technology Initiative
Enbridge is leading an industrial consortium of 38 companies engaged in identifying deep saline aquifers in the province of Alberta for use as long-term CO2 storage sites, along pipeline routes to enhanced oil recovery operations.
The Alberta Saline Aquifer Project (ASAP) began in early 2008 and was to run until December 2013. It was integrated with EPCOR's Genesee Demonstration Project, which was to build a CO2 capture facility at a new 150MW IGCC coal-fired power plant, to the west of Edmonton. The plant – to be operational by 2015 – was to use the amine scrubbing process to remove CO2 from flue gases at a rate of around 1 million tonnes of CO2 per annum. The captured CO2 would then be transported to long-term storage sites or for use in EOR operations.
Phase one of ASAP was completed in early 2009, with the identification of sites deemed suitable for CO2 storage. The project identified the Wabamun region west of Edmonton, near the site of the proposed IGCC plant, as the location for the $30-million to $50-million Phase 2 injection pilot project.The second phase was to also obtain regulatory approvals and, ultimately, lead to a larger scale, commercial operation if successful.
No further details on project status are available as of October 2012.
In 2009, the combined projects received funding from Natural Resources Canada, through its ecoENERGY Technology Initiative.
Presentation, Technology Information Session - November 27, 2007