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Alberta investing over $40M in 11 projects focused on advancing carbon capture

July 15, 2022  By Canadian Manufacturing

The Alberta government is investing over $40 million through Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) in 11 projects focused on advancing the province’s position in carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS). If successful, these projects could lead to over $20 billion in capital expenditures, create jobs, and reduce emissions annually.

On July 13, 2022, ERA and the government of Alberta announced the approved projects for the Carbon Capture Kickstart: Design and Engineering funding opportunity. This funding advances CCUS-related technologies in step with emerging Provincial and Federal policies. Many of these projects represent the first stage of significantly larger overall project plans. All funded projects plan to be up and running by 2030.

Funding recipients represent industrial sectors including power generation, cement, fertilizer, forest products, and oil and gas. Large emitter sites across Alberta, from Medicine Hat to the industrial heartland, Hinton to Exshaw, and in the Alberta oilsands, will participate. This investment is sourced from the government of Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund.

The 11 projects receiving support are:


Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Oil Sands CCUS Pathways to Net Zero
ERA funding: $5 million
Project cost: $46.33 million

Heartland Generation Ltd.
Innovative Integration of Carbon Capture for Clean Power
ERA funding: $5 million
Project cost: $38.37 million

Lafarge Canada
Exshaw Cement Carbon Capture and Bow Valley Decarbonization
ERA Funding: $5 million
Project cost: $27 million

Capital Power Corporation
Genesee CCS
ERA funding: $5 million
Project cost: $12.35 million

Strathcona Resources Ltd
Post-Combustion Flue Gas Carbon Capture at Cold Lake Region SAGD Facilities
ERA funding: $5 million
Project cost: $10 million

Entropy Inc.
Athabasca Leismer Carbon Capture
ERA funding: $3.3 million
Project cost: $10.65 million

Agrium Canada Partnership
Nutrien Redwater Carbon Capture Study
ERA Funding: $3.28 million
Project cost: $12.6 million

ENMAX Energy Corporation
Shepard Energy Centre Carbon Capture Unit FEED Study
ERA funding: $3.06 million
Project cost: $6.11 million

City of Medicine Hat
Project Clear Horizon
ERA funding: $2.5 million
Project cost: $5 million

Vault 44.01
Hinton Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage Project
ERA funding: $2.49 million
Project cost: $15.58 million

Suncor Energy Services Inc.
Svante’s CO2 capture process for Suncor’s Fluid Catalytic Cracker
ERA funding: $950,000
Project cost: $9.9 million

“This significant investment will create a diverse roster of investment-ready projects, support shared learnings about the economic and emissions reduction potential of this critical technology, and position Alberta and Canada to develop and deploy the CCUS technologies the world needs,” said Justin Riemer, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta.

Carbon Capture Kickstart is trying to position Alberta companies to take advantage of the federal government’s tax credit for capital invested in CCUS projects starting in 2022, the government of Alberta’s carbon sequestration hub approach, and aligns with the $305 million over four years earmarked by the province for future carbon capture projects.

These 11 projects were selected through ERA’s competitive review process. A team of experts in science, engineering, business development, commercialization, financing, and greenhouse gas quantification conducted an independent, rigorous, transparent review overseen by a fairness monitor.

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