Canadian Mining Journal


OIL SANDS: Shell launches Quest carbon capture and storage project

ALBERTA – Calgary-based Shell Canada has officially opened its Quest carbon capture and storage (CSS) project. The equipment will capture one-third of the emissions from Shell’s Scotford upgrader northeast of Edmonton.

The CSS project first captures carbon dioxide in emissions from the upgrader and transports the gases through a 65-km pipeline. They are then injected more than 2,000 metres underground. The repository lies below multiple layers of impermeable rock. The project has already reached commercial production, 200,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Shell (60%) and its partners Chevron Canada (20%) and Marathon Oil Canada (20%) operate the Athabasca oil sands project north of Fort McMurray, AB. Bitumen from that site it treated at the Scotford upgrader.

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