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Pieridae to develop carbon capture project in Alberta

Pieridae Energy has unveiled plans to create the Caroline Carbon Capture power complex.

Pieridae to develop carbon capture project in Alberta
Courtesy of Pieridae Energy

The complex, to be located at Pieridae’s Caroline facility in Alberta, will be a combination of large-scale carbon capture and sequestration and blue power production.

This development supports independent, third-party research Pieridae commissioned last year which highlights pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 for the proposed Goldboro LNG project.

CCS was noted as a reputable pathway toward this goal, Pieridae said in its statement.

The complex will have the ability to sequester up to three million tonnes of CO2 annually into one of the Caroline facility’s depleted gas reservoirs.

This amount of carbon captured equals the annual emissions from the Goldboro LNG facility. Over the life of the project, that’s close to 100 million tonnes of CO2.

“This ‘made in Canada’ solution positions Pieridae to play a key role in helping to lower overall Canadian greenhouse gas emissions,” said Pieridae’s CEO Alfred Sorensen. “We know the world is looking for ways to transition to a lower-carbon intensity economy. By capturing and storing carbon on such a large scale, we move further down the strategic path of ensuring Pieridae is net carbon negative across its value chain from the wellhead to LNG delivery into Europe.”

The Caroline carbon capture power complex will capture carbon from three sources: CO2 generated at the gas processing facility, CO2 generation from power production and CO2 produced by third parties.

The complex will have a maximum power production capacity at full build-out of 7.9 billion kilowatt-hours annually.

Pieridae will reuse and re-purpose existing infrastructure at its Caroline facility to reduce overall capital costs and environmental impact.

The company will be working with several industry partners and expects one of those partners to be an Alberta First Nations development group.

Phase 1 of the Caroline carbon capture power complex will sequester one million tonnes of CO2 and produce approximately 200 MW or 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of blue power annually, enough to power 112,000 households each year.

Sequestering three million tonnes of CO2 per year would be the equivalent of taking more than 650,000 cars off the road each year or eliminating 4.4 billion kilowatt-hours of coal-fired power annually.