Whitecap Resources-operated Weyburn Unit. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

CALGARY – Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. (GLE) announced on Feb. 28 the commencement of FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) on a major CO2 pipeline, compression, and sequestration system for Whitecap Resources, in the province of Saskatchewan.

Whitecap currently operates one of the largest anthropogenic carbon sequestration projects in the world, transporting CO2 from two major industrial emitters to their existing Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) hub located near Weyburn.  GLE said it is “supporting Whitecap’s planned decarbonization strategy, involving expansion of their existing hub to include transportation for multiple additional industrial CO2 sources to new sequestration wells.”

On completion of a final investment decision, engineering, and construction, the project will represent a major extension of Whitecap’s existing sequestration network, and a major increase to Canada’s overall sequestration capacity, GLE noted.

Whitecap first announced the project in conjunction with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. in the fall of 2021. Since then, it has signed on several major industrial CO2 emitters in the Regina and Moose Jaw area as part of the project, with each tying into this pipeline. According to its February corporate presentation, to date, Whitecap has signed five memoranda of understanding totalling 1.2 to 3.0 million tonnes of captured CO2 per year. It has also initiated the FEED study, as referenced by GLE.

Whitecap said its next steps include making a final investment decision in the second quarter or 2023, followed by capital spending. The intention is to be on stream in 2024.

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Whitecap is also working on Alberta carbon hubs at Fort Saskatchewan, slated to be on stream in 2024, Rolling Hills in southern Alberta (potentially 2026) and Central Alberta (potentially 2027).

Current Federal Investment Tax Credits for CCUS include 50 per cent refundable credit on capture equipment and 37.5 per cent refundable credit on transportation and sequestration equipment. However, they do not include credit for enhanced oil recovery, something Whitecap and the Province of Saskatchewan have been pressing for.

Stuart MacKenzie, P.Eng., CEO, Gas Liquids Engineering, said in a release, “GLE is pleased to support a carbon sequestration leader such as Whitecap Resources, which already has an extensive portfolio of CO2 facilities, pipelines, and operational expertise in their Canadian operations.  This sequestration project would be a natural extension of their current business, and we are looking forward to applying GLE’s experience from past major CO2 projects towards achieving an efficient system design.”

Gas Liquids Engineering is a Canadian engineering firm specializing in energy, gas, and liquids processing facilities. The company cites an extensive resume of operational CO2 and acid gas sequestration projects globally.  Since the first successful sequestration project in Canada in 1994, GLE said it has been the primary engineering firm on over 40 operational sequestration projects, and has provided process support, troubleshooting, and training on over 150 sequestration projects globally.

“With extensive experience in solvent-based extraction of CO2, CO2 compression, CO2 pipelines, and as a developer of CO2 dehydration technology, GLE is an established service provider in the complete design and project management of CCUS systems,” the company said.

 

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