Leading the World in Deep Saline CO2 Geological Storage

Rubix Aquistore

The largest Active Field Lab in the World for CO2 Measurement and Monitoring

Aquistore is located near Estevan, Saskatchewan, over 3 km straight down.

PTRC’s Aquistore Project is the most comprehensive full-scale geological field laboratory for CO2 storage in the world.

With leading edge technology, the Aquistore Project is demonstrating the safe, reliable and economic advantages of injecting captured CO2 into a 3400m deep saltwater-infused sandstone.

By optimizing CO2 storage, the Aquistore Project has the ingenuity to significantly advance clean technology and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

It’s a big deal.

In Canada and abroad.

Global Leader in CCUS Intelligence

Aquistore is developing in Canada highly qualified personnel in CO2 storage, with knowledge exported around the world.

Aquistore is globally sought for its knowledge, innovation, and unique and extensive data. 

Industry and government partners in Japan, Korea, Australia, the United States, South Africa and the United Kingdom have each been participating in the Aquistore Project in order to develop their homegrown intelligence.

While a Canadian project, Aquistore has significant international impact. The Project provides opportunities in capacity building through innovative research, training and education to global partners.

 “The continued success of this Project will have incredible implications for reducing CO2 emissions throughout the world.”

- John Gale, General Manager, International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas R&D program - London, England

Supporting Canada’s Initiatives on Clean Energy & Climate Change

Aquistore has stored 100,000 tonnes of CO2, comparable to planting 2.7 million seedlings over ten years.

With Canada’s international commitment to a low-carbon economy, decarbonizing non-renewables by storing CO2 is becoming an important component of GHG reduction.

Aquistore is helping to achieve Canada’s Mission Innovation goals with the trilateral agreement between Canada, USA and Mexico via the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership.

While renewable energy is the future, there are immediate benefits of CO2 storage for industries with limited options to reduce carbon emissions.

CO2 Storage Solutions - Across Industrial Heartland

In addition to the energy sector, other CO2 industrial point sources such as cement and steel production, chemical manufacturing, and fertilizer production are also called upon to be climate smart.

Through the Aquistore Project, CO2 storage is being proven as essential to help industries that have few other options manage compliance-quality offsets of their GHG emissions.

CO2 storage is a viable option for steel manufacturing used to build wind turbines, the petroleum products utilized in solar panels, the plants producing cement for hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants that in turn fuel electric vehicles, and from fertilizer plants that support the growth of food.

Advances in Technology

Aquistore is providing an opportunity to test emerging technology in innovative geophysical equipment.

For the first time, distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) fibre is being used to image CO2 at such extreme depths, revolutionizing seismic technology, how geological data is obtained, and significantly reducing costs.

The Aquistore Project boasts of an impressive Monitoring Measurement and Verification (MMV) Program.

With over 30 technologies installed in the subsurface and above ground and 50+ publications in International journals, Aquistore is independent and the monitoring program peer-reviewed.

It is a full-scale project tied to real injection considerations - taking industrial CO2 at variable and intermittent rates - associated with SaskPower’s carbon capture initiative.

As a result, Aquistore’s knowledge provides fundamental understanding of the reality for commercial operations regardless of the CO2 point source.

“The work at Aquistore is relevant to many industries and policy makers because we are accelerating our understanding and verifying the safety of CO2 storage.”

- Dr. Don White of the Geological Survey of Canada and Chair of Aquistore’s SERC.

Opportunities for Data Access

The investing partner receives access to data through utilization of PTRC’s established ‘Knowledge Cells’ comprised of global experts with hands-on experience in areas such as: geomechanics, geophysics, and geologic and hydrogeologic cells.

PTRC has compiled comprehensive datasets to advance CCUS knowledge and provides opportunities for capacity building through innovative research, training and education.

Through its CCUS Data Network (which includes Aquistore and IEAGHG Weburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project), PTRC offers investing partners access to its datasets. These range from the initial design to operation of a commercial CO2 storage site to comprehensive datasets for all aspects of MMV techniques and technologies.

Datasets range from raw datasets to 3D/3C seismic surveys, time-lapsed pulsed neutron and sonic well logs, injection volumes, reservoir pressures and temperatures from multiple downhole gauges, reservoir fluid samples, caprock and reservoir cores, and geological and reservoir simulation models.

Impact

To learn more about Aquistore or participate as an investing partner, contact the PTRC at info@ptrc.ca.

Science tells us that the only true way to understand something is to take research to demonstration and validate it.

Aquistore does that.

Through the demonstration of conformance of CO2 underground, analyzing how it reacts, assessing its predictability, and verifying it, scientists and engineers are adapting modelling to increase accuracy of predictions and understanding.

Striving to continually advance innovation in clean technology with science-based facts, Aquistore is uniquely positioned to assist governments and regulators to reduce liabilities and meet targets for safer, cleaner, sustainable industries.

What's New

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
Two feature articles in the National Post's supplement Climate Change Innovation highlight the importance of Aquistore for meeting Canada and the world's CO2...
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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Aquistore has just surpassed 35,000 tonnes of stored CO2.  For more information click here.
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