PTRC’s Aquistore Project Announces First Year of Research Results at Annual General Meeting
With over ten gigatonnes of global CO2 emissions each year coming from coal fired energy generation, carbon capture and storage is an important part the solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Aquistore Project near Estevan Saskatchewan – the world’s first CO2 storage project from a coal-fired post-combustion power plant – is presenting results from the first year of measurement and monitoring at its annual general meeting in Ottawa August 16-17th.
The Aquistore project is crucial in helping jurisdictions worldwide understand how to reduce emissions from large set-point sources – everything from coal-fired power plants to cement manufacturers – through the safe and effective storage of CO2 deep underground.
Aquistore now has an accumulated total of 78,000 tonnes of CO2 stored 3.4 km below the ground in a deep saline formation. As the storage component of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage facility, Aquistore is using novel and never-before deployed technologies to measure and monitor seismicity, ground water, and soil gas. The project is using advanced seismic methods to characterize the subsurface and CO2 has been imaged over 3.4 km deep underground.
“This Annual General Meeting brings together scientists from across the globe,” notes Kyle Worth, Senior Project Manager for Aquistore. “Researchers from Japan, the United States, Canada and Britain will be sharing research findings and developing the next phase of Aquistore’s research program.”
Ken From, CEO of the PTRC, notes the importance of the research for the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, both of which have contributed research funds for Aquistore.
“Results from Aquistore will inform regulators, governments and industry of the best, most effective means of storing CO2 safely and permanently underground,” said From. “We are confident the project will continue to garner industry and government support as our findings demonstrate the safety of this important part of the climate change mitigation strategy for Canada and the World.”
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