Enbridge Inc. is advancing development of a carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration (CCS) hub west of Edmonton, Alta. The energy infrastructure company plans to conduct evaluations and testing in the Wabamun area to ensure safe and permanent carbon sequestration.
The company was granted approval by the Alberta government to pursue the Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub being developed to support near-term carbon capture projects being advanced by project partners Capital Power Corp. and Lehigh Cement, a division of Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd.
Capital Power and Enbridge Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in November 2021 to collaborate on CCS solutions in area. The proposed hub would serve Capital Power’s Genesee Generating Station. The Genesee CCS Project is expected to capture up to 3 million tonnes/year (tpy) of CO2 from repowered units, which would be transported and stored through Enbridge’s open access carbon hub.
In January 2022, Lehigh Cement and Enbridge signed an MOU for a carbon solution for Lehigh’s cement manufacturing facility in Edmonton. Lehigh is developing North America’s first full-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) solution for the cement industry at its Edmonton plant, with the goal of capturing some 780,000 tpy of CO2. Captured emissions would be transported via pipeline and permanently sequestered by Enbridge.
The hub and associated carbon capture projects could help avoid nearly 4 million tonnes of atmospheric CO2 emissions with phased in-service dates starting as early as 2025, Enbridge said in the Mar. 31 release. The hub could be scaled to meet the needs of other nearby industrial emitters, it said.
The CCS infrastructure will be co-developed and ultimately co-owned with local Indigenous partners, including the First Nations Capital Investment Partnership (comprised of Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, and Paul First Nation) and the Lac Ste. Anne Métis Community.