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Aquistore Open House Updates Community on CCS Project
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

The Aquistore Project is inviting the public to an open house before it goes “Live” with the injection of CO2 in early 2015. This public open house is scheduled for December 11 from 1 to 7 pm at the Energy Training Institute in Estevan, Saskatchewan.  Research and monitoring has been underway for the past two years, and researchers are eager to present their findings and plans going forward. The event will feature displays, experts on hand to answer questions, educational opportunities, and refreshments. 


“Aquistore is a major research project that is happening right here in Saskatchewan” says Ken From, CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre. “This open house is an opportunity for the public to learn first-hand what Aquistore is – how it relates to Boundary Dam, and the opportunity it represents for the scientific community, industry, and the province.”


Aquistore is among a handful of pioneering projects worldwide designed to demonstrate permanent underground storage of CO2 from human activities -- in this case, a portion of the CO2 captured at the Boundary Dam facility – is a safe, workable solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Aquistore is located on SaskPower property, 2.8 km from the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project. The majority of the CO2 from the new carbon capture facility at Boundary Dam is transported via pipeline to the Cenovus oilfields in Weyburn under a commercial agreement to supply CO2 to improve oil recovery.  A small amount will be direct to Aquistore for scientific research, measurement, and monitoring.


Aquistore will inject CO2 into 130 metre thick porous rock zone at the bottom of a 3.4 km deep well – the deepest ever drilled in Saskatchewan. The project’s injection and observation wells were custom drilled for the project in 2012 and funded by the federal and provincial governments, and industry.


Aquistore involves a number of Canadian and international researchers will conclude its scientific work in 2017.  Canadian groups include the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ottawa.  The project also involves academic and research organizations from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Korea.  Aquistore is managed by the Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre, which also led the pioneering IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2Monitoring and Storage Project.


As the research project gathers data from its monitoring activity, the Aquistore team will hold additional information sessions to share information with residents in an open and transparent manner.

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