Six proposed carbon storage hubs in Alberta

Carbon removal requires capital to build plants and it requires substantial energy to power the removal processes. Capturing carbon dioxide molecules at massive scale, and storing them stably for centuries or longer, is a hard problem to solve. The companies doing carbon removal are what their investors often call “hard tech” —  their work is complex and requires time-consuming hardware and infrastructure (not software and services).  Success will not be quick, and in fact may not come until after the 2030 interval of the IPCC’s report. 

On December 2, 2021 the Alberta government issued a request for full project proposals (RFPP) from companies interested in developing and operating a carbon sequestration hub in Alberta. The RFPP process was informed by responses received to its request for expressions of interest (REOI) process launched on September 9, 2021, and has raised significant industry enthusiasm, with some of the province’s largest players indicating their intention to participate in the process.

The province Alberta on March 31 selected six proposals to move forward with developing Canada’s first carbon storage hubs, intended to help cut climate-warming emissions by permanently sequestering them underground.

The six projects feature some of the biggest names in oil and gas: Enbridge Inc.; Wolf Midstream’s Wolf Carbon Solutions; Bison Low Carbon Ventures Inc.; Enhance Energy Inc.; and joint ventures from TC Energy Corp. and Pembina Pipeline Corp., and Shell Plc, ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc.

The projects advanced in the provincial selection process include:

Project Details
Meadowbrook Hub Project by Bison Low Carbon Ventures Inc.The Meadowbrook Storage Hub project is being designed to provide safe, cost effective, permanent CO2 sequestration, on a multi-client basis, to existing and new Alberta industries seeking to reduce their emissions, through adoption of CCUS.

The Meadowbrook Storage Hub project partners are BLCV, Enerflex Ltd., PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. and IRC Enterprises Inc.
Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub by EnbridgeThe Hub and associated carbon capture projects being advanced by Capital Power and Lehigh Cement represent an opportunity to avoid nearly 4 million tonnes of atmospheric CO2 emissions with phased in-service dates starting as early as 2025. Once built, the Hub will be among the largest integrated CCS projects in the world and can be scaled to meet the needs of other nearby industrial emitters.
The Origins Project by Enhance Energy Inc.The project will be positioned to manage CO2 from hard-to-abate industries, like cement, power generation and petrochemicals that exist along Alberta’s Highway 2 Corridor — including the Alberta Industrial Heartland, but also from existing large emissions sources in central and southern Alberta.
Alberta Carbon Grid by Pembina Pipeline Corp. and TC Energy Corp.Through redeployment, retrofits using proven technology, recapitalization, and optimization of surplus capacity across our collective pipeline systems, including, subject to closing of the transaction, through Pembina’s proposed acquisition of Inter Pipeline Ltd. (“IPL”), ACG is designed to connect the province’s largest sources of industrial emissions to a sequestration location north-east of Redwater, Alberta.
Wolf Midstream and partners Our proposal was anchored in our partnership’s proven CO2 infrastructure and subsurface capabilities, as well as our plan to use existing infrastructure by connecting to our Alberta Carbon Trunk Line system to minimize the project’s environmental footprint,
Atlas Carbon Sequestration Hub by Shell, ATCO Energy Solutions Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc.

Next steps

The Alberta government has not published a timeframe for further evaluation of the proposals selected in the first RFPP process, though we expect this will proceed over the coming months. The government intends to announce the results of the second RFPP process by the fall of 2022.

Notably, the RFPP results come just days after the release of the federal 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, which recognizes CCUS as integral to meeting Canada’s emissions reduction targets. The Plan also expressed the federal government’s commitment to continue advancing CCUS through the development of a federal CCUS strategy, an investment tax credit for capital invested in CCUS projects, and previously announced investments that include $319 million for research and development over seven years. This is likely to spur further optimism for broader deployment of CCUS in Alberta, even though details on a federal CCUS strategy and the investment tax credit have not yet been released.

Major Projects

Ironwood Midstream to build 24 Mile Pipeline to link KARNES to GONZALES

Ironwood Midstream formed in 2015 to provide oil and gas producers with midstream services in the Permian Basin and the Eagle ...
Read More

Energy Transfer approval for new pipeline named Warrior

Energy Transfer get regulatory approval for the Midland Express AKA Warrior pipeline project that will connect natural gas in the ...
Read More

LNG plant for Port Edward

A small-scale liquefied natural gas facility planned at Port Edward is the latest project to offer the potential for rate ...
Read More

Whistler Pipeline Capacity Expansion

WhiteWater today announced the expansion of the Whistler Pipeline’s mainline capacity through the planned installation of three new compressor stations ...
Read More

Pipeline slated to carry Bakken oil toward a Wyoming hub

Bridger Pipeline is building the 145-mile South Bend Pipeline from Johnsons Corner in McKenzie County to one of the company’s ...
Read More

Woodfibre LNG construction is a go

After years of delays, the $1.6 billion Woodfibre LNG project in Squamish is finally officially a go ...
Read More

TC Testing Support to Expand Marketlink Oil Transport from Oklahoma to Texas Coast

TC Energy Corp. is gauging customer interest in oil transportation services that would connect Oklahoma crude supply with downstream refining ...
Read More

Enbridge CEO – Canadian LNG sector anticipating new projects

Canadian oil and gas leaders believe the window is opening once again to build new liquefied natural gas projects in ...
Read More

Imperial renewable diesel Strathcona refinery

Imperial plans to construct a world-class renewable diesel complex at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton, Alberta ...
Read More

Six proposed carbon storage hubs in Alberta

The province Alberta on March 31 selected six proposals to move forward with developing Canada's first carbon storage hubs, intended ...
Read More

Pembina and TC Energy Partner to Create World-Scale Carbon Transportation and Sequestration Solution: The Alberta Carbon Grid

Pembina's proposed acquisition of Inter Pipeline Ltd. ("IPL"), ACG is designed to connect the province's largest sources of industrial emissions ...
Read More

Enhance Energy announces the Origins Project, a Carbon Sequestration Hub in Central Alberta

Enhance Energy, operator of Alberta's largest CCUS initiative and founding partner of the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) Project, has ...
Read More


Bison Low-Carbon Ventures Inc. ("BLCV") today announced that it has been notified by Alberta Energy of the success of its ...
Read More


Wolf Midstream (Wolf), Whitecap Resources (Whitecap), the First Nation Capital Investment Partnership (FNCIP) and Heart Lake First Nation have been ...
Read More

Enbridge Awarded Right to Advance Alberta Carbon Hub

Enbridge to conduct evaluations and testing in the Wabamun area west of Edmonton to ensure safe and permanent carbon sequestration ...
Read More

WhiteWater Midstream – Matterhorn Pipeline Project

March 2022 WhiteWater Midstream requested the Texas Railroad Commission for a new permit for the Matterhorn Express Pipeline project ...
Read More

Continental Resources to invest in carbon capture pipeline Williston Basin

Continental Resources Company founder Harold Hamm was in North Dakota for the announcement of the investment into the Summit Carbon Solutions’ ...
Read More

Energy Transfer Considering New Pipeline

A 260-mile newbuild pipeline would extend eastward from the Midland sub-basin along existing rights-of-way, interconnecting with Energy Transfer’s existing 36-inch ...
Read More

Port Edward LNG Project

Port Edward LNG would be a small-scale LNG project just over one-percent of the size of a large facility. The ...
Read More

Valero Energy new 470 MMgy renewable diesel plant

Valero Energy Corp. has new 470 MMgy renewable diesel plant at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. Renewable diesel is ...
Read More