Alberta invests $131m in CCUS and energy efficiency projects

Nov 22 2021

Seven projects will receive funding from Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.

Up to $131 million from the TIER funding is being invested into Alberta’s Industrial Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (IEE CCUS) program, which helps industries save money and cut emissions through technology and equipment upgrades.

Seven projects will receive more than $100 million in IEE CCUS program funding, which will support an estimated 2,200 jobs and cut about 2.9 million tonnes of emissions by 2030.

Up to $31 million in IEE CCUS funding will also be allocated to support more projects in the near future. 

“Alberta is a proven leader when it comes to emissions reduction technology, from exploring clean hydrogen and geothermal development to government’s latest investments in industrial energy efficiency and CCUS. The TIER fund continues to help companies turn innovative ideas into real projects with measurable results like cost savings, more jobs and fewer emissions," said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks

Project examples include:

  • Advantage Energy Ltd. will construct and install a state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at its Glacier Gas Plant. IEE CCUS program funding will support Phase 1 of the project, which will cut about 46,800 tonnes of emissions each year and improve the plant’s emissions intensity by 22 per cent.
  • Tidewater Midstream will build Alberta’s first fully integrated blue hydrogen plant at the Brazeau River Complex. The facility will use a CCS hydrogen production unit that converts methane to hydrogen, and the resulting emissions will be captured and stored underground. The plant will also introduce a 15-megawatt turbine with heat recovery steam generation. Excess stream will be used to offset natural gas consumption from the plant’s boilers. The overall project will cut about 31,000 tonnes of emissions each year.
  • Imperial plans to install five additional units across the Kearl Oil Sands mine facility to recover waste heat that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. This heat would be reused in operations, resulting in less steam usage and fewer emissions. This will reduce heat loss by up to 50 per cent in the winter months, cut about 190,000 tonnes of emissions each year, and recover and reuse up to 700,000 cubic metres of condensed water per year – the amount of water needed to fill about 280 Olympic swimming pools. 

IEE CCUS program

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