Quest is a fully integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility located near Edmonton, Alberta. Capturing CO2 from Scotford Upgrader and storing it in a deep saline reservoir, the more than one million tonnes per year it captures are significant – equivalent to the emissions of about 250,000 cars.
This presentation will provide an overview of the Quest facility, including how CCS fits into the global climate debate, how the project was developed and constructed, and how the facility has performed in its first four years of operation. Quest has demonstrated that the operating costs for CCS can be much lower than expected thanks to a variety of factors, including lower variable costs, capture reliability and reduced storage costs. As Quest was funded in part by the governments of Alberta and Canada, the designs, certain intellectual property, and data from Quest are publicly available to help bring down costs of building future CCS facilities.
About the Presenter
Simon O’Brien, PhD, graduated with a bachelor of science in geophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987. He attended the University of British Columbia for a master's degree in science in 1990, and later returned to Memorial, graduating with a PhD in 1997.
Simon joined Shell Canada in 1997 and has worked in seismic processing, new technology development, depth imaging and quantitative interpretation for more than 18 years. His work has included a wide variety of projects, including structural and stratigraphic, conventional and unconventional, onshore and offshore across Canada and the United States. He is now in the role of Quest Subsurface Manager, overseeing the wells and reservoir aspects of the Quest CCS facility.