A new Geoscience BC geological carbon capture and storage (CCS) project will assess potential for storing carbon emissions in parts of central and northern British Columbia. The project will provide essential public and foundational geological research needed to inform a transition to a net-zero emissions economy.
Geoscience BC is bringing together a consortium of government, industry and other partners for the first phase of a Central Interior Geological CCS Assessment program. The project will compile existing geoscience information on the extensive Nechako Basin, focusing south-southwest of Prince George and providing carbon sequestration insights along the Highway 16 corridor west to Houston, BC.
The area hosts some current greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters and has the potential for new technologies such as hydrogen production that require future carbon storage. This supports an economic development plan to develop Prince George as a ‘hydrogen hub’.
The Central Interior Geological CCS Assessment program will identify and quantify potential carbon storage options, delivering a publicly available atlas to inform decisions and help diversify northern and central BC’s natural resource economy.
Current research funders are the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Enbridge, Foresight Canada’s BC Net Zero Innovation Network and Geoscience BC. Geoscience BC continues to seek additional support.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Josie Osborne said: “B.C. is a leader in creating sustainable energy solutions, and Geoscience BC’s project provides the research we need to continue moving towards a low-carbon future. Carbon capture, utilization and storage are expected to play a key role to help us transition to a net-zero emissions economy, while providing good jobs for people and protecting our environment.”
Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association Regional Director for Western Canada and Executive Director for Hydrogen BC Matthew Klippenstein said: “The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and its provincial affiliate Hydrogen BC congratulate Geoscience BC on its new collaboration. An atlas of central and northern British Columbia’s carbon sequestration potential will help scale up low-carbon and even carbon-negative solutions on the path to a net-zero economy.”
City of Prince George Mayor Simon Yu said: “Prince George continues to support sustainable industrial development so we are very excited to partner on this project with Geoscience BC. The carbon storage potential of the Nechako Basin may not only create an opportunity to diversify our economy, create good jobs, and support the emergence of low-carbon fuel sector, but it could help significantly contribute to the net-zero economy we’re striving to achieve.”
Enbridge Cynthia Hansen, Enbridge’s Executive Vice President and President of Gas Transmission and Midstream, said: “This important work will play a key role in advancing carbon capture and storage opportunities in B.C. It is critical that we evaluate and develop carbon capture and storage projects to lower greenhouse gas emissions.”