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Alberta Carbon Grid (ACG)

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The Alberta Carbon GridTM (ACG) is a world leading carbon transportation and sequestration solution being designed to serve multiple customers, industries, and sectors.

A partnership between Pembina Pipeline and TC Energy, the ACG is focused on providing CO2 transportation and sequestration solutions across Alberta by leveraging both companies’ collective skills, experience, and extensive network of pipeline infrastructure.

ACG is exploring options to potentially create several hubs throughout the province that would be designed to independently collect and store CO2 safely and cost-effectively from customers across multiple industries. ACG’s long-term vision is to annually transport and store up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 through several hubs across Alberta.

The ACG Industrial Heartland project is the first hub and current focus – this project was recently selected by the Government of Alberta to further evaluate the proposed location for safely storing carbon.

ACG Industrial Heartland

The Industrial Heartland project is ACG’s current focus and is being designed as a world leading Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) system that will provide emitters in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland with a cost-effective, safe, and reliable solution to permanently store CO2 – all while helping the province and industry meet important emissions targets.

The project will be developed in phases with the potential capability of transporting and storing up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 annually when fully developed.

In February 2022, ACG submitted an application to the Government of Alberta for the project. In March 2022, ACG was selected to move forward into the next stage of the province’s CCUS process to further evaluate one of the largest Areas of Interest (AOI) for safely storing carbon from industrial emissions in Alberta.

ACG has entered into a carbon sequestration agreement with the Government of Alberta and secured the rights to evaluate over 900,000 hectares of premiere land north of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta that could potentially support a variety of customers throughout Alberta especially those in the Industrial Heartland region. View a map of this area here. We are still in the planning stages for the full evaluation work on the project and will continue to provide updates when more details are available.

ACG is excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Government of Alberta, partner with industry peers, and connect with Indigenous communities and key stakeholders to advance this important work. The project is part of a multi-year effort to help meet federal emissions targets and benefit the Alberta economy. CCUS is an essential step in decarbonization and reducing GHG emissions to help meet Canada’s climate goals.

As TC Energy continues to evolve to meet the world’s growing demand for energy, we see energy transition projects like Alberta Carbon Grid playing an essential role in reducing emissions. We’re excited about the opportunity to create an effective and strategic solution that benefits all our stakeholders, and we look forward to collaborating with the province, to advance CCUS, which can help us all work efficiently to lower costs while achieving emission reduction goals.”

Bevin Wirzba
Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Corporate Development and Group Executive, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines and Liquids Pipelines at TC Energy

The Alberta Carbon Grid can be a game changer for CCUS in Alberta – it combines world-class technology and infrastructure solutions in one complete package that is easily scaled up and built out across the province. Pembina is poised to take an industry leading role to help achieve federal emissions targets and we are excited work together with the Government of Alberta and our industry partners to explore this project further.”

Stu Taylor
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and New Ventures & Corporate Development Officer at Pembina

The solution

ACG’s long-term vision is to transport and store up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 annually through multiple hubs across Alberta – almost 10 percent of Alberta’s industrial emissions – contributing toward Canada’s enhanced climate targets.

The ACG Industrial Heartland project is the first hub and current focus. This project will be developed in phases with the potential capability of transporting and storing up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 annually when fully developed.

The counterparty

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The deal

Collaboratively develop world leading carbon transportation and sequestration solutions across Alberta. Read the June 17, 2021 news release.

ACG Highlights

  • World Leading Carbon Capacity: The open-access solution is being designed with the long-term vision to scale up to 60,000 tonnes per day of capacity, or 20 million tonnes per annum through multiple hubs across Alberta, representing approximately 10 percent of Alberta's industrial emissions.
  • Interconnectivity: TC Energy and Pembina view the ACG as a multi-sector solution with interconnectivity between multiple key hubs for expanded emissions reductions.
  • Environment, Cost and Time Benefits: Utilizing existing assets and rights-of-ways, in addition to new infrastructure, accelerates timing, greatly reduces cumulative environmental and community impacts, and is less capital intensive.
  • Economic Development: The construction and operation of the ACG, along with other investments in CCUS technology and infrastructure, will create an entirely new business platform for each company and create new high-value jobs and support economic growth across Alberta.
  • Safe & Reliable Operations: World-leading experts have been engaged to evaluate technical and operating conditions of using existing pipeline systems to transport CO2. The companies have the skills and experience to safely operate these kinds of systems as the characteristics of CO2 are similar to other products which are safely transported today, such as natural gas. The completed feasibility study demonstrates that ACG is achievable while maintaining high standards of safety and reliability. The companies have been working with regulators to advance the Project.
  • Customer-Focused Solution: Open-access system with multiple receipt points tailored to customers sequestration needs.
  • Cost Advantaged, Transparent Commercial Framework: The full build out of ACG represents the potential for a multi-billion-dollar incremental investment by TC Energy and Pembina over time, sustained by a commercial framework comprised of long-term fee-for-service contracts plus a marketing and trading pool to facilitate CO2 and carbon offset transactions. At the scale proposed and by repurposing existing assets, use of the vast infrastructure in place by both companies in Alberta and use of right-of-ways, the tolls on the ACG will be materially less than the current price of carbon in Alberta, ensuring the ACG’s long-term competitive viability as a CCUS solution, one that results in an extremely attractive value proposition for customers.
  • Sequestration: TC Energy and Pembina bring experience with sequestration, underground cavern storage and acid gas and water disposal across our collective asset base.
  • Platform for Diversification: Longer term, ACG creates a new platform with a growing reach across Alberta to facilitate production of blue hydrogen and enhance petrochemical facilities in the future, benefiting the Alberta economy, as well as TC Energy and Pembina shareholders.

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