The energy infrastructure company Enbridge (ENB) announced on Thursday that it has partnered with local Indigenous communities in Alberta, Canada, to advance its proposed open-access carbon storage hub.
The company will collaborate with the First Nation Capital Investment Partnership to advance the proposed carbon capture and storage initiative called Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub, about to be located west of Edmonton, Canada. It will handle the emissions of recently announced carbon capture projects from Capital Power, Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd., and potentially other sites.
The First Nation Capital Investment Partnership is formed by four Treaty 6 Nations – Alexander First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Enoch Cree Nation, and Paul First Nation that share Indigenous values. The Treaty 6 Nations involved collectively represent more than 10,000 members.
“This path creates an opportunity to generate wealth, but more importantly it allows sustainable economic sovereignty for our communities. We are creating a healthy future for the next seven generations to thrive… We’re looking forward to working with industry leaders who share our values of environmental stewardship and to collaborate with Enbridge on world-scale carbon transportation and storage infrastructure investments,” said George Arcand Jr., Chief of Alexander First Nation.
The hub in Canada, supposed to come online in 2026, is expected to be among the largest integrated carbon transportation and storage projects in the world. Just two of the planned participants – Capital Power and Lehigh Cement represent an opportunity to sequester nearly 4 million tons per year of CO2 emissions.