September 11, 2012
Identification of major CO2 sources and their characterization is the first step in any and all programs for the reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Major stationary CO2 sources (greater than 100 Kt/yr each) in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin were inventoried in 2001 by the Canadian Energy and Research Institute (CERI) in a cost study in which AGS was a partner (Costs for the Capture and Storage of Carbon Dioxide in Western Canadian Geologic Media - Canadian Energy Research Institute, Alberta Geological Survey, SNC-Lavalin Inc., and APA Inc., 3 volumes; also published as an article titled "Costs for CO2 Capture and Sequestration in Western Canada" in the September 2003 issue of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology).
As part of the study, CERI compiled an inventory of the major CO2 sources in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. The Western Canada Sedimentary Basin comprises Alberta Basin and the Canadian part of the Williston Basin, which is shared with the United States.
The region along the shallow edge of the basin is the least suitable.