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Heartland Area Redwater Project (HARP) – Phase 2

Project type Storage site characterization
Project proponent ARC Resources Ltd.
CO2 storage type Saline formation
Project timeframe 2008 to 2010 1, 2
Project location Fort Saskatchewan–Heartland–Redwater area, northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Government of Canada $0.8 million
Provincial government $0.4 million
Private sector $2.2 million
Total project cost $3.4 million

Project description:

This project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of safe CO2 storage in the Redwater Leduc Reef located near the Alberta Industrial Heartland region, northeast of Edmonton. This storage site is close to several existing and planned large industrial sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including chemical and fertilizer plants and several oil sands upgraders. Preliminary work estimated the total storage capacity of the saline aquifer portion of the reef to be one gigatonne of CO2.

Expected outcomes:

The short-term outcome of the project was to complete storage site characterization studies and to confirm the geological formation’s characteristics, capacity and suitability as a long-term storage site. In subsequent phases, the work could be extended to include pilot injection and scaling pilot injection to a commercial demonstration project. Over the long term, possible outcomes include demonstrating  carbon capture and storage on a commercial scale (several megatonnes per year) and contributing to significant reductions in GHG emissions.

Proponent profile:

ARC Resources Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a sound and conservative oil and gas company, with operations across western Canada. An industry leader, socially responsible operator and key contributor to the communities in which it works, ARC has consistently delivered top performance and measureable results since inception in 1996.

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