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Alberta Saline Aquifer Project & Genesee Demonstration Project

Brief description:


Country: Canada

Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Small

Status: Dormant

Year of operation 2015
Industry: Coal Power Plant

MW capacity: 150

Capture method: Post-combustion

Capture technology: Amine
New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: Pipeline

Storage site: Wabamun region
Type of storage: Aquifers

Volume: 1 million tonnes/CO2
Volume: 1 million tonnes/CO2


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.

More information

ASAP details, Natural Resources Canada

Further project details, Natural Resources Canada

Bloomberg, projects shortlisted for funding, July 2009

ASAP newsletter, June 2009

Electricity Forum news article on funding award, March 2009

Companies involved