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Aquistore: First Phase Complete and Wells Ready for CO2
Friday, Apr. 5, 2013

Aquistore, managed by the independent not-for-profit Petroleum Technology Research Centre, is a project demonstrating the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in a deep saline formation.  Storage is an important part of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain for climate change mitigation and requires global demonstration. As part of an overall strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that also includes energy conservation and renewables, CCS projects like Aquistore are supported by governments, industry, and environmental groups globally. As the first industrial-scale deep saline formation storage project in Canada, Aquistore is pioneering science, research and development for future CCS projects.

With the support of the project’s federal, provincial, and private sector sponsors, Aquistore is committed to ensuring public safety and is building partnerships across the globe for other jurisdictions planning to learn from our knowledge.   Aquistore has successfully completed its major infrastructure work, including:

  • drilling and instrumentation of a 3400-metre deep  injection well with monitoring technology;

  • drilling and instrumentation of a 3400-metre deep observation well with monitoring technology;

  • both wells have received approval from the Ministry of Economy, Petroleum Development Branch, and are ready for use; and

  • installation of state-of-the art and extensive surface monitoring facilities.

Within this first stage, the project experienced additional costs during drilling, incurred to ensure the integrity and safety of the storage site – the most important factors. These costs are being managed as part of the expected decade long duration of the project. PTRC is continuing to work with sponsor organizations and collaborating research groups towards achievement of project goals and to attract further investment into this unique project of global significance.

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