Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

May 17, 2012 15:57 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - Canada further solidified its position today as a leader in clean energy technologies by launching a carbon capture and storage project that will develop new knowledge and methods for oil recovery while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $14.5 million in Husky Energy's enhanced oil recovery and carbon capture and storage project in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.

The investment was made through the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative, part of the Government of Canada's commitment to clean energy innovation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our Government is committed to exploring carbon capture and storage technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key sectors of the Canadian economy," said Minister Oliver. "Because of this project and others like it, Canada is in an excellent position to lead the world in the development, implementation and deployment of carbon capture and storage."

This project involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from Husky's ethanol plant in Lloydminster and then transporting it by truck and injecting it into heavy oil reservoirs located nearby to displace oil and make it easier to extract.

"This funding initiative has helped effectively reduce emissions from our Lloydminster Ethanol Plant and positively contributes to our heavy oil production," said Husky Energy CEO Asim Ghosh.

The Husky project has benefits for Saskatchewan, Alberta and Canada, including a reduction in carbon emissions, the creation of about 15 full-time jobs and establishing Saskatchewan, Alberta and Canada as leaders in clean energy research and technology development.

The Government of Canada has provided a total of $151 million through the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative for industry-led initiatives to advance the technologies involved in carbon capture and storage.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Carbon Capture and Storage - Husky Energy

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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