The Aquistore Project
, managed by the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC),
is designed to inject CO2
from human activity into a sandstone layer 3400 meters (11,000 feet) below ground. The source for the CO2
the SaskPower Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project
—the first-ever commercial-scale capture of CO2
from a coal-fired power plant. Together, these projects are the first in Canada to demonstrate
a complete system for the capture, transportation, injection, and storage of human-derived CO2
into a formation not associated with oil and gas recovery.
- Demonstrate that CCS methods involving CO2 storage in a deep, saline, water-bearing geologic formation are safe, workable solutions
for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Demonstrate and validate effective technologies for characterizing and monitoring carbon storage in deep saline formations that may be widely applicable.
- Assist in the development of essential connections among industries implementing or considering this technology, policy makers drafting regulations around CCS,
financial institutions trying to understand the economic implications of business within a carbon-managed environment, and the public learning about,
and living with, the technology.
The Aquistore Project will adapt existing monitoring, verification, and accounting technologies and develop new technologies to suit CO2
storage in deep saline formations.
It will also report on the feasibility of long-term CO2
storage in these formations. As the project matures, it will serve to verify technical and economic components required for
commercialization and widespread industry acceptance of CCS.