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Carbon capture pilot slated for Saskatchewan to be downsized

Project at Husky Energy site will be downsized to capture approximately 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day



An employee inspects a pumpjack at Husky's Pikes Peak South oil site in Saskatchewan. PHOTO Husky Energy

An employee inspects a pumpjack at Husky’s Pikes Peak South oil site in Saskatchewan. PHOTO Husky Energy

QUEBEC—CO2 Solutions Inc. and oil and gas producer Husky Energy Inc. are downsizing a carbon capture pilot project in Saskatchewan, the Quebec-based cleantech firm announced.

Slated for Husky’s Pikes Peak South heavy oil site in Saskatchewan, the project will see CO2 Solutions’ proprietary carbon capture technology installed on a once-through steam generator at the thermal steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) operation.

Originally planned to capture about 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, the project will be downsized to capture approximately 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day “to accommodate operating parameters within the project budget.”

Cost estimates were not made available by CO2 Solutions.

The project will receive funding through the federal ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) program.

CO2 Solutions said the design review and detailed engineering phase for the installation has been completed, with procurement already underway.

Construction of the plant is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2015, with commissioning expected shortly thereafter.

It’s scheduled to run through the third quarter of next year, with more than 2,500 hours of field operating time planned.

“We are progressing well and according to plan with this key project towards the commercialization of our technology,” CO2 Solutions president and cheif executive Evan Price said in a statement.

“Successful completion of the project will significantly enhance our position towards becoming a key low-cost provider of (carbon dioxide), and will allow us to pursue the many opportunities we have identified for the commercial application of our technology, such as in enhanced oil recovery.”

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