CO2 Capture Fluor helps Canada make good on promises to reduce greenhouse gases
Fluor Corporation has completed the capture stage of Shell’s Quest carbon capture and storage project -- the first commercial-scale project of this kind for an oil sands operation. Approximately one million metric tons of carbon dioxide will be trapped annually from the Scotford Upgrader in Alberta, Canada.
Irving/Texas & Calgary/Alberta — The global engineering and construction company, Fluor Corporation, has completed the construction of Shell’s Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.
Using its proprietary 3rd Gen Modular ExecutionSM approach, Fluor designed and built the facility using 69 separate interlocking modules that were assembled at the jobsite. This Athabasca oil sands project was delivered under budget and on schedule with a positive construction safety record.
The Quest CCS project is set to capture and store up to 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide annually from the Scotford Upgrader and from the Scotford Upgrader Expansion. The carbon dioxide is captured from the Scotford steam methane reformer units, which produce hydrogen for upgrading bitumen. The carbon dioxide is then transported via a 65-kilometer pipeline to an injection location near the Scotford Complex and stored approximately 2,300 metres underground in a deep geological formation.
Though the project is led by the petroleum company, Shell Canada Limited, the governments of Alberta and Canada have invested significantly in the Quest CCS project, contributing CAD$740 million and CAD$120 million, respectively. The ultimate target is the reduction in release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the fulfillment of Canada’s pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.