Fort Nelson CCS project - Spectra Energy
ecoENERGY Technology Initiative
Spectra Energy is in the process of assessing the feasibility of a large-scale CCS project at its existing Fort Nelson natural gas processing plant in British Columbia, Canada. If the project goes ahead, the plant would be designed to capture around two million metric tonnes of CO2 per annum. Initial characterisation work has identified the Slave Point and Sulphur Point saline reservoirs as potential storage sites.
The company has already conducted geological and technical feasibility studies, in 2010 and 2011, and is now exploring commercialisation options for the project with government and the private sector. It is hopeful that the BC government's inclusion of CCS within its 2012 Natural Gas Strategy has also raised the project's profile within the province.
In 2009, Spectra Energy announced the start of detailed geological assessments at Slave Point and Sulphur Point, involving drilling 2.5 kilometres down to extract core samples and perform tests of the physical properties of the saline formations. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory through the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership.
Spectra is in discussion with the B.C. Ministry of Energy to obtain land tenure, and will continue with its analyses and testing to confirm the technical feasibility and commercial viability of the project. It plans to have the project operational by mid-2016.
The project is a partnership between Spectra and the BC government, which has provided $3.4 million for the initial geologic feasibility phase. It was also awarded funding from Natural Canada's ecoEnergy Technology Initiative.