Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Investments in CCS Demonstration, Research

The Canadian government has announced a CAD$14.5 million ($14.3 million) investment in a CCS/EOR demonstration plant located in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.  The facility, owned and operated by Husky Energy, combines carbon captured at an ethanol plant (250 metric tons of CO2 per day) with EOR conducted at nearby heavy oil fields.  This investment is part of the federal government's CAD$151 million ($149 million) ecoENERGY Technology Initiative.  The Saskatchewan government also provides small-scale funding for the Husky Energy plant under its Petroleum Research Incentive Program.

Elsewhere, the University of Edinburgh has opened the CO2-EOR Center, dedicated to research into EOR methods for use in the North Sea.  The institute is funded by the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise, and 2CO, a CCS developer.  Research at the CO2-EOR Center will be conducted as part of the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage project, operated jointly by the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and the British Geological Survey.

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