The IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project is the world’s first and largest CO2 injection monitoring and verification research project and is the creator of CCS101.ca. Because this research project leads world understanding of carbon storage technology, the project partners firmly believed there was a unique opportunity to inform interested audiences about CCS technology in an educational and fact-based manner. On-going funding for the CCS101.ca website will continue through The Canadian CCS Network in 2012. It is important to note that the CCS101.ca website was brought on-line through significant contributions from Natural Resources Canada staff. Their commitment to bring forward information on CCS research helped form much of the PRO section of the website, providing the means for students, researchers and others to gain direct access to a great volume of information on CO2 research in Canada and around the world. Research project sponsors
The CCS101.ca website was generated out of a need to inform the public on the processes involved in CCS, the global research efforts underway to pursue these technologies, and perspectives from communities that have experienced CO2 injection. Surveys conducted by Natural Resources Canada, industry partners and not-for-profit research organizations contributed to our understanding of what the public wanted to know about CCS. This website will continue to grow and adjust as questions from visitors help form our expanding content, while news and events aim to keep the public informed about what is going on in the CCS community.
The Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada seeks to speed industry access to resource extraction technologies that are more energy efficient, environmentally responsible and reduce CO2 emissions. The PTRC manages the CCS101.ca website as part of the IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project. The PTRC is located in the Innovation Research Park adjacent to the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Weyburn Oilfield operated by Cenovus Energy and the Midale Oilfield operated by Apache Canada in south-eastern Saskatchewan Canada are the research sites for the Weyburn-Midale project. The research project has provided much of the technical perspectives and community information for the CCS101.ca website. Although, this research is conducted at the Cenovus and Apache fields, the research is entirely independent and performed by researchers from leading research universities and organizations from around the world.
The IEAGHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project began public outreach and communications activities in late 2008 and the CCS101.ca website was launched in May 2010. It should be pointed out, however, that on-going community engagement by the oilfield operators related to the operations has been conducted in the Weyburn and Midale communities for decades.
The public needs to know what CCS is in order to make informed decisions. The builders of CCS101.ca saw a gap in the information marketplace and sought to fill it with news on CCS, events shaping the research around the world and content aimed at helping people make their own decisions about CCS technology.
The Canadian Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Network was created under the direction of the Council of Energy Ministers (CEM) in September 2008. It is a federal/provincial/territorial government-based network whereby government officials work collaboratively to address key CCS issues of common interest across Canada.
The Network’s objectives are to: