Fort Nelson Carbon Capture and Storage Feasibility Project

Fort Nelson Carbon Capture and Storage (FNCCS) Feasibility Project
Project type  Storage site characterization, pipeline and compression facility design 
Project proponents  Spectra Energy Transmission
CO2 source  Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson Gas Plant in northeast British Columbia
Capture application  Natural gas processing 
CO2 storage type  Sequestration in deep saline-filled reservoirs 
Exp. start date for storage  To be determined – pending the outcome of the feasibility project 
Project timeframe  April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2013 (ecoENERGY Technology Initiative)
Project location  Currently investigating a site in proximity to the Fort Nelson Gas Plant 
Project Funding:
Spectra Energy Transmission $11.8 million
Government of Canada  $11.7 million  (via the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative)
U.S. Department of Energy  $  7.2 million  (via the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership)
Government of British Columbia $  3.4 million
Total feasibility project cost  $34.1 million 

Project description:

The Fort Nelson Carbon Capture and Storage (FNCCS) Feasibility Project is a world-scale, transformative initiative to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson Gas Plant (FNGP) in northeast British Columbia (B.C.). The FNGP, one of the largest sour gas processing plants in North America, is capable of processing of up to one billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of raw natural gas into sales quality natural gas on behalf of area producers.

Originating from conventional gas reservoirs and from the Horn River, Liard and Cordova shale basins, the raw gas coming into the FNGP may contain concentrations of CO2 as high as 10 to 14 per cent, as well as a small percentage of hydrogen sulphide (H2S). As part of the natural gas plant processing, the CO2 is emitted and the H2S is converted into elemental sulphur for use in other industries. With the deployment of CCS, up to 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year would be captured, piped and injected for permanent underground storage in deep saline formations.

Expected outcomes:

The FNCCS Feasibility Project was designed to demonstrate the geological, technical and commercial feasibility of injecting and permanently storing large volumes of CO2 associated with the Fort Nelson Gas Plant into deep saline-filled formations.The project has laid the groundwork for one of the largest CCS projects of its kind in the world. Using 2011 B.C. greenhouse gas (GHG) data, the deployment of CCS at the FNGP represents a reduction of approximately 15% in total B.C. natural gas sector GHG emissions and a 3.4% reduction in total B.C. GHG emissions.

Proponent profile:

Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America's premier pipeline and midstream companies. Based in Houston, Texas, the company's operations in the United States and Canada include more than 35,400 kilometres of natural gas, natural gas liquids, and crude oil pipelines, approximately 305 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, and local distribution operations. The company also has a 50 per cent ownership in DCP Midstream, the largest producer of natural gas liquids and one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy has served North American customers and communities for more than a century. The company's longstanding values are recognized through its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes and the Carbon Disclosure Project's Global 500 and S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Indexes.

Proponent Contact Information:

Spectra Energy Transmission - Calgary: (403) 699-1999

Website: http://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-Canada/Fort-Nelson-Carbon-Capture-and-Storage-Feasibility-Project/