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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a clean energy technology that aims to capture emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas (GHG), before they are released into the atmosphere from industrial facilities. The technology has the potential to help Canada balance the need for energy with the need to protect the environment.
As a world leader in CCS, Canada is in an excellent position to pursue this technology. The development of CCS is one component of a broad suite of measures the Government of Canada is pursuing to meet its GHG emission reduction target of 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, a target that reflects the importance of aligning with that of the United States.
The Government of Canada is strengthening its support for CCS with substantial investments in both large- and small-scale demonstration projects. Working collaboratively, the Government of Canada and the Governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia have provided more than $2 billion in funding for CCS.
The Government of Canada has contributed $14.5 million, through its ecoENERGY Technology Initiative, to Husky Energy’s enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture and storage project, near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The private sector also contributed to this project.
This project is designed to capture up to 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year from Husky's Lloydminster ethanol plant, which produces about 130 million litres of ethanol per year from more than 350,000 tonnes of non-food quality grain and corn. Once captured, the CO2 will be purified, dehydrated, compressed and transported to heavy oil reservoirs in nearby Lashburn and Tangleflags.
The project is developing new knowledge and methods for enhanced oil recovery from heavy oil reservoirs, and is expected to advance the industry in this area. Given the relatively large heavy oil resource in Saskatchewan and Alberta, such reservoirs could be used to permanently sequester large quantities of CO2.
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