Pathways Alliance advances net zero emissions plan

Significant progress achieved on early-stage work for oil sands carbon capture and storage network CALGARY – Oct. 14, 2022 – The Pathways Alliance, representing Canada’s six largest oil sands companies, is advancing early work necessary to build one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities in the oil sands region of northern Alberta. The CCS…

Significant progress achieved on early-stage work for oil sands carbon capture and storage network

Pre-work on the Pathways Alliance foundational CCS project to date:

  • Early engagement with more than 20 Indigenous communities along the proposed CO₂ transportation and storage network corridor and a commitment to meaningful engagement throughout the full cycle of the network’s operations.
  • Selected by the Government of Alberta to continue exploratory work on the Alliance’s ambitious CCS hub to safely and permanently store CO₂ captured from 20+ oil sands facilities and other interested industries in northern Alberta.
    • More detailed work to evaluate the storage zone will soon begin.
    • The proposed hub could eventually see more than 1.1 billion tonnes of CO₂ safely stored deep underground in a saline aquifer – a critical lever in enabling the Alliance’s goal of net zero by 2050.
  • Conducting engineering studies for the phase 1 CO₂ capture facilities.
    • Nine carbon capture feasibility studies involving member companies have been completed on oil sands sites, with engineering work advancing.
  • Completed pre-engineering work on the 400-kilometre pipeline that will carry captured CO₂ to the storage hub; more detailed engineering work is about to begin.
  • Environmental field programs are underway to support regulatory application submissions for the proposed CO₂ transportation line and storage network. The Alliance is planning to submit those applications in late Q4 of 2023.


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