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Shell proposes giant carbon capture project in Canada

EDMONTON, July 14, 2021 – Shell revealed plans to build a carbon capture and storage (CCS) asset in Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday.

The Polaris CCS project will connect to Shell’s Scotford refinery and chemical plants near Edmonton to capture carbon dioxide and store the greenhouse gases 3 kilometres under the ground. Shell says the facility could store up to 300 million tonnes of gas over its lifespan.


The first phase would store 750,000 tonnes per year and see a 40% reduction in direct emissions and 30% reduction in indirect emissions from connected assets. The second phase’s capacity would depend on Shell acquiring underground storage space from the provincial government.

“Our plans for Scotford are in line with Shell’s target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society,” said Susannah Pierce, president of Shell Canada.

The Polaris project could begin in the mid-2020s after a final investment decision in 2023.

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