Aquistore will use well known and applied technologies and practices to provide industrial CO2 emitters with a sustainable option to reduce their carbon footprint.
The project has two phases. The first is demonstration and evaluation. The second is commercial and monitoring. PTRC will also conduct a comprehensive measurement, monitoring and verification program prior to and during injection, and throughout the life of the project.
The first phase of the project was a pilot to gain baseline research information and to evaluate and establish that the CO2 injection and storage process is safe, reliable and predictable prior to commercial use. During the initial phase, a test injection was conducted.
Aquistore has moved into the second phase: integrated and commercial-scale CO2 capture, transport and storage. SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station (in Estevan) began capturing CO2 from its newly refurbished Unit 3 turbine in October, 2014. While most of the CO2 will be used for enhanced oil recovery by Cenovus Energy at their Weyburn oilfield, SaskPower will provide CO2 via pipeline to the Aquistore site at various points in 2015 so monitoring can take place.