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Shell submits regulatory application for Quest Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project in Alberta oil sands

Shell Canada has submitted a regulatory application for its Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project located in central Alberta. Quest is a fully integrated CCS project, meaning it will capture, transport (pipeline) and store carbon dioxide.

Shell submitted the application on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, a joint venture among Shell Canada Energy (60%) Chevron Canada Limited (20%) and Marathon Oil Canada Corporation (20%).

The Quest project would capture more than one million tonnes of CO2 per year from the Shell Scotford Upgrader, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Edmonton. The CO2 would be transported by an 84 km (52-mile) pipeline to injection wells north of Shell Scotford and permanently stored more than two kilometers (1.24 miles) underground into the deepest saline aquifer formation in Alberta (the Basal Cambrian Sands) beneath several layers of impermeable rock.

The regulatory submission includes applications for each component of the project, including the capture, transport and storage of CO2. The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) is the primary regulatory agency for the project. A cooperative Environmental Assessment was conducted to meet both provincial and federal requirements, with Alberta Environment acting as the lead party.

A final investment decision on the proposed Quest project would not be taken until the regulatory process is complete. A decision to proceed with the project would depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to, the outcome of the regulatory process, economic feasibility and final project costs, and ongoing consultation with key stakeholders.



Like Shale Gas operations, some injected CO2 will eventually find its way to other aquifers and drinking water wells and into lakes, rivers and ground waters above. This may be a very good way to spread the oil men made mess around.

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