The Alberta-based carbon mitigation company, Enhance Energy, has announced that it has captured and sequestered 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The milestone is a key accomplishment for the privately owned company which is focused on reducing carbon emissions through carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).
The 1 million tonnes of CO2 would otherwise have gone into the atmosphere, but instead was captured, compressed, and transported to a mature oilfield in Clive, Alberta where it was sequestered. This rate of carbon mitigation has the equivalent emissions impact of taking approximately 350,000 cars off the road.
“There’s no question that the world is moving toward a more sustainable path” says Kevin Jabusch, Enhance President and CEO. “At Enhance we are part of the solution. We can continue to produce the energy we need to power our homes, our vehicles, and the economy, and we can do it in a less carbon intensive way. We are sequestering CO2 and we are using it to help produce some of the lowest cost lowest carbon energy on the planet. All Albertans can be proud of this work.”
Now ten years into their efforts, Enhance received funding from the Provincial and Federal governments to move this project forward and support the critical infrastructure to allow for future growth.
The CO2 is captured from both the NWR Sturgeon Refinery and the Nutrien Fertilizer facility located in the Alberta Industrial Heartland, and then is transported via the Alberta Carbon Trunkline (ACTL) to the mature oilfield near the town of Clive in Central Alberta. Enhance Energy founded the ACTL Project over a decade ago and the ACTL pipeline is now owned and operated by Wolf Midstream.
Jeff Pearson of Wolf Midstream on operating the world’s largest capacity man made CO2 transportation network:
“This is an amazing accomplishment in a short period of time — an accomplishment that demonstrates the ACTL system is a reliable solution for large-scale CO2 emissions reduction,” said Jeff Pearson of Wolf Midstream. “The pipeline has excess capacity and will serve as the backbone for a larger CO2 pipeline network. Emitters can utilize this network to safely send CO2 down the line to sequestration, keeping their emissions out of the atmosphere.”
The Clive CCUS project reached full commercial operation in mid-2020, and since then more than one million tonnes of carbon has been returned deep underground into our geology.
Enhance Energy is an innovator that utilizes CO2 that otherwise would have been emitted to the atmosphere to produce energy.
This project has also helped put thousands of Albertans to work and helps to generate royalties for the province. Enhance Energy sees opportunity for more CCUS to be an enabler for additional reduction of CO2 emissions from industrial sources in the province. Enhance is extremely proud of this accomplishment and this made-in-Alberta approach to addressing greenhouse gas emissions.