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Shell Commits to Saskatchewan Storage Project

Friday, May 16, 2008
Article Type: Reprinted

Shell Canada has committed to be a co-sponsor of the final phase of the IEA GHG Weyburn–Midale CO2 monitoring and storage project at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina, Canada.

The project is the largest CO2 EOR project on land and researches the geological storage of CO2 at the sites of the commercial EOR operations by EnCana Corporation (Weyburn) and Apache Canada Ltd. (Midale) in Saskatchewan, Western Canada.

The final phase of the project, which Shell has committed to co-sponsor, will include work on site characterisation, monitoring and verification, wellbore integrity and risk assessment.

"What makes the Weyburn-Midale CO2 Project a win-win project for Shell and other industry partners is the potential to store a man-made greenhouse gas in a natural hydrocarbon container, while realizing the economic benefits of increased oil recovery thanks to the CO2," said Ray Knudsen, Project Director of the Weyburn-Midale CO2 Project.

A key end deliverable for this final phase is also to compile a Best Practices Manual to guide all aspects of future CO2 storage projects. This Best Practices Manual will address both technical and policy considerations for successful implementation.

The project will also look at regulatory issues concerning the long-term nature of storage, public communication and outreach, and the means to foster widespread use of CCS through aspects to support the business environment.

The Project is supported by an international collaboration of governments, research institutes and industry. Government sponsors include: Natural Resources Canada, the United States Department of Energy, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources, and the Alberta government through the Alberta Energy Research Institute.

Corporate sponsors currently include: Apache Canada Ltd., Aramco Services Company, Chevron, EnCana Corporation, OMV Austria Exploration & Production GmbH, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE, Japan), Saskatchewan Power Corporation, Schlumberger Carbon Services and Shell Canada Limited.

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