International CCS projects

Boundary Dam, Canada

In September 2014, the world's first post-combustion coal-fired CCS project began operation. The Boundary Dam project, operated by SaskPower, aims to produce 115 MW of electricity whilst reducing up to one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The carbon dioxide is then transported to southern Saskatchewan where it will be used for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

For more information, visit the Boundary Dam website.

Quest, Canada

Shell launched the Quest CCS project on the 6th November 2015. The Quest project is the world's first CCS project in the oil sands - it will capture more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the Shell Scotford upgrader and store it more than two kms underground.

For more information, visit the Quest website.

Sleipner, Norway

The Sleipner CCS project, operated by Statoil, was the world’s first industrial scale CCS project and began storing carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1996. Sleipner is a natural gas field located in the North Sea; carbon dioxide has to be separated from the gas for the natural gas to meet market specifications.

Around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide is injected annually into a saline formation located one kilometre below the seabed.

To find out more visit the Statoil website.

Snøhvit, Norway

Statoil operates a CCS project at the Snøhvit Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant. The CO2 is separated from natural gas before the gas is liquefied as LNG. The project began operation in 2008 and stores up to 700,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in a depleted natural gas reservoir deep below the seabed.

To find out more visit the Statoil website.

Weyburn, Canada

Three million tonnes of carbon dioxide are captured annually from the Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant in the USA and transported several hundred kilometres by pipeline to the Weyburn oil field in Saskatchewan, Canada, for enhanced oil recovery and storage in a depleting oil field. Over 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide have been stored to date in the Weyburn field.

Further resources on international CCS projects

The Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage have developed a world map showing a number of large commercial CCS tests or propositions in various locations.

The US Department of Energy has launched an online database of CCS projects around the world as a Google Earth layer. View the database and the press release.

The Global CCS Institute published a report entitled Strategic Analysis of the Global Status of CCS.

IEA GHG has an online CCS RD&D projects database.

The Zero Emission Resource Organisation is a Norwegian not-for-profit organisation that contributes to limiting the threat posed by climate change by promoting carbon-free energy solutions. Their map shows detailed information on international CCS projects.

CO2CRC also has a map of active demonstration projects across the world.

Those projects that have received funding through the European Energy Programme for Recovery are listed here.


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