The governments of Canada and Alberta will lead a national effort to assess technology for carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS).
The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach, announced the formation of a Canada-Alberta ecoENERGY Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force to recommend the best ways for Canada to implement the technology on a large scale.
Building on existing work such as the CO2 Capture and Storage Technology Roadmap released last year by Natural Resources Canada (earlier post), the Task Force will develop and build support for a comprehensive blueprint for implementing a large-scale CCS system in Canada. It will identify and assess current obstacles that are preventing more widespread adoption of CCS, and outline actions, roles and responsibilities for the federal and provincial governments, industry, and other stakeholders.
Based on that examination, the Task Force is to provide a comprehensive set of options describing how government and industry can work together to take advantage of those opportunities.
Canada finds well situated to take advantage of and enhance its global leadership on this technology. With the booming oil sands, Western Canada has large concentrations of CO2 being produced in close proximity to large storage opportunities, with longer-term potential available elsewhere in Canada.
The task force is to be headed by Steven Snyder, a former GE executive who is now CEO of TransAlta Corp., a Calgary-based power company that operates coal-fired plants.
The other task force members include:
David Keith, University of Calgary. Roughly half of his technical and policy work addresses the capture and storage of CO2, including work managing the risks of geologic storage and services in his work as chair of a crosscutting group for the IPCC special report on CO2 storage.
Kathy Sendall, Senior Vice President of Petro Canada. She is responsible for the company’s oil and gas exploration and production in North America.
Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada. His responsibilities include the executive oversight of a 4,500-kilometer petroleum pipeline system that transports production from the Alberta oilsands to British Columbia and the United States.
Patricia Youzwa, President and CEO SaskPower.
Cassie Doyle, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada. (ex-officio)
Dan McFadyen, Deputy Minister Alberta Energy. (ex-officio)