We are better together.
Canada’s transmission pipeline companies know that statement is true. That’s why they work together through the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) to tackle significant industry-wide issues like incident prevention, environmental protection and climate change.
But the collaboration doesn’t stop there. Companies are also working together on world-class projects that will help Canada reach its emissions targets and move toward a lower-carbon energy future.
This summer, Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) and TC Energy announced their plan to jointly develop a world-scale carbon transportation and sequestration system, the Alberta Carbon Grid (ACG). By leveraging existing pipelines and a newly developed sequestration hub, the proposed project would capture and connect carbon from the Fort McMurray region, the Alberta Industrial Heartland, and the Drayton Valley region to key sequestration locations and delivery points across the province.
When operating at full capacity, the ACG would transport more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 every year – that’s about 10 per cent of Alberta’s industrial emissions.
This collaboration is an example of how Canada’s transmission pipeline companies are taking a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“It is innovative partnerships like this that excite me about our collective energy future,” said François Poirier, Chief Executive Officer and President of TC Energy in a June 17 news release. “Industry players collaborating to leverage our existing energy infrastructure and expertise to support meaningful emission reductions and reduce our carbon footprint is a great example of how we can secure meaningful new investment opportunities, serve current and future customers and achieve operational excellence while continuing to safely and responsibly deliver the energy people need.”
“The ACG highlights our commitment to customers, by helping them solve problems and creating new services; communities, by reducing emissions and using existing infrastructure to reduce the impact to the land; employees, through development of an entirely new line of business and job opportunities; and shareholders through attractive incremental capital investment,” said Mick Dilger, Pembina’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Designed to be an open-access system, the ACG would serve as the backbone of Alberta’s emerging carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) industry. This process of capturing, transporting, using and storing greenhouse gas emissions will play a vital role in helping Canada achieve its emissions targets.
The goal is to have the first phase operational as early as 2025, with the fully scaled solution complete as early as 2027 – subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.
The ACG is one example of how Canada’s transmission pipeline companies are working together to build a more sustainable energy future. They are minimizing their own carbon footprint while also supporting other industries in the broader effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
And they’re doing it while delivering the energy Canada and the world needs – in the safest, most responsible way.