The launch of a new carbon capture and storage project in Canada has been hailed as a breakthrough in turning the concept into a reality.
Shell’s Quest scheme at the oil sands in the province of Alberta is considered similar in scale to its plan for a CCS base at Peterhead Power Station.
Lessons learned in Alberta will be shared with the engineers behind the north-east project, if it goes forward with UK Government backing.
Cal Dallas, international relations minister for the Government of Alberta, told the Press and Journal the technology developed would be exported around the world.
“This announcement says we are moving a CCS project off the drawing board and into the real world,” he said.
“We are aware that experts everywhere will be watching what we are doing here. We know that what we prove here, and improve here, has global application.”
Peter Voser, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell, said: “If you want to achieve climate change goals, CCS has to be part of the solution. We will need all sources of energy to meet world demand in the coming decades.
“Lower CO2 energy sources will grow, but even by 2050 at least 65% of our energy will still come from fossil fuels, so CCS will be important to manage climate impacts.”