The Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N) has unveiled the results of a joint industry-government project for a province-wide carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment plan for Saskatchewan.
The project, which was supported by Husky Energy, the provincial government and the International Performance Assessment Centre for the Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide (IPAC-CO2), brought together resources from industry and utilized ICO2N’s modeling capacity.
Launched last year, the project incorporated expertise gathered from an initial workshop on the Future of CCS Economic Development in Saskatchewan. The project concluded last month, and details were announced at a luncheon on September 25. It focused on highlighting the project results and creating positive working relationships between industry and government.
Discussions focused on the results of the study and featured an open discussion on accelerating CCS development in Saskatchewan.
Robert Craig, who is the director of strategy and technology at ICO2N, was the main speaker. Amrita Lall, who is also from ICO2N, and David Butler, who did modeling work for the project, were also speaking at the event.
Craig said that advances in CCS technology will require collaboration between the different partners.
"It's going to take a combined effort of industry and governments to move this forward, so this can't happen independent of either of those parties," said ICO2N director of strategy and technology Robert Craig. "So we need the support of government and the understanding of government."
But Craig also said they need more awareness about the future of carbon emission penalties in the province, and they need to work collectively with government and organizations like the Petroleum Technology Research Centre to drive down the cost of the technology associated with carbon capture.
Cost remains the biggest challenge facing the widespread deployment of carbon capture and storage technology, he said. Once projects are completed and operating, and the technology is proven, Craig expects prices will diminish.
"A uniformed carbon price is also something that we would like to see," said Craig.
There are currently two projects in operation in Saskatchewan – SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Project near Estevan, and the Weyburn-Midale enhanced oil recovery project.
There are plans to expand the number of CCS projects in Saskatchewan, Craig said.
"I think Saskatchewan is to be commended for … having one of the first projects, which is the Cenovus enhanced oil recovery project in Weyburn, and then, of course, the SaskPower capture project in Estevan at Boundary Dam, which is an excellent example of leadership in an early project for carbon capture and storage," said Craig.
The southeast has the potential to be home to some of the future ICO2N sites, Craig said, but carbon capture facilities could also be located in the Lloydminster and Regina.