On June 30, 2009, the Alberta government announced it had completed its evaluation of projects applying for $2 billion in funding for carbon capture and storage ("CCS") projects and would be pursuing letters of intent with proponents of three commercial-scale projects. Successful in their initial requests for provincial funding were:

  • Edmonton-owned utility EPCOR and partner Enbridge for an integrated gasification combined-cycle carbon capture power generation facility adjacent to EPCOR'S existing Genesee power plant, west of Edmonton;
  • Enhance Energy Inc. and Northwest Upgrading for The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, to incorporate gasification, CO2 capture, transportation, enhanced oil recovery and storage in the Alberta Industrial Heartland and central Alberta. It will capture CO2 from the Agrium fertilizer plant and the Northwest upgrader; and
  • A joint project by Shell Canada Energy, Chevron Canada Ltd. and Marathon Oil Sands L.P. for a fully integrated CCS project at the Scotford Upgrader in the Alberta Industrial Heartland.

It is anticipated these projects will be operational by 2015. Earlier this year the Enhance Energy/Northwest Upgrading and the EPCOR/Enbridge projects were also selected to receive a portion of the up to $140 million dollars in federal government funding for CCS projects. In the final report released by Alberta Energy in July of this year, the Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage Development Council estimated it will take an investment of between $1 - $3 billion per year from the governments of Alberta and Canada combined with significant additional investment of industry to promote further CCS projects after the first wave of demonstration projects.