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Premier Prentice applauds Alberta-U.S. collaboration

The U.S. government is working with Shell Canada to conduct research at an Alberta carbon capture and storage site.

Premier Prentice with Tim Wiwchar, Project Manager, Shell Quest (left) and Julio Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Office of Fossil Energy (right)
Premier Prentice with Tim Wiwchar, Project Manager, Shell Quest (left) and Julio Friedman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Office of Fossil Energy (right)

Premier Jim Prentice met with U.S. Department of Energy and Shell officials in Washington, D.C. to learn more about their research collaboration on carbon capture and storage (CCS). The U.S. government will work with Shell Canada at its Quest project in Alberta to develop new technologies for monitoring carbon dioxide stored deep underground.

“As an energy producing province, it’s important that we be innovative and explore new ways to reduce our impact on the environment. I’m pleased that experts in Alberta are working with the U.S. Department of Energy and Shell Canada to encourage global emissions reduction through new technologies. This work highlights the collaborative nature of Alberta’s CCS development program.”

~ Jim Prentice, Premier

The Government of Alberta has committed $1.3 billion over 15 years to support two commercial scale CCS projects, including $745 million in the Quest project. Alberta’s public investment represents approximately one-tenth of worldwide expenditures on carbon capture and storage technologies.

Once operational, CCS projects in Alberta will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.76 million tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 550,000 cars off the road.

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