An international organization has issued the world’s first certificate of fitness for safe carbon dioxide storage to Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture Storage Project.
The proposed project will capture and permanently store underground more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from its Scotford Upgrader, located near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is a 137-year old Norwegian independent foundation that certifies processes safeguarding life, property, and the environment.
“The DNV certification is important because it provides third-party validation that our project meets rigorous storage standards,” says Shell Quest Venture Manager Ian Silk.
“It also helps to confirm the capability and capacity of the Basal Cambrian Sands storage formation that we will be injecting into. Proving up this saline formation for storage, which underlies a good portion of the province of Alberta, is imperative to enable the future CCS projects that will be required to help the government achieve its targeted carbon dioxide reductions.”
Shell commissioned DNV to conduct the review based on its extensive experience in providing risk management services across a number of sectors and developing standards and best practices for carbon dioxide storage, according to the company. DNV assembled a panel of seven CCS experts from academia and research institutions to assess the suitability of the Quest Project’s underground storage formation to safely and permanently store carbon dioxide.
“Through developing guidelines and standards for CCS in collaboration with governments and industry, DNV has taken an instrumental role towards paving the way for safe and cost-effective deployment of CCS,” says DNV Principal Consultant Jørg Aarnes.
“But while regulations, guidelines and standards may help clarify the rules of the game, the main challenge is demonstrating compliance with these rules. The expert panel validation of the Quest storage development plan is a first of its kind in the world and provides independent assurance to stakeholders that carbon dioxide storage will be safely and responsibly managed.”
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