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Announcement: Alberta Carbon Grid selected to move forward – click to learn more

Alberta Carbon Grid (ACG)

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The Alberta Carbon GridTM (ACG) is a carbon transportation system reaching the province’s largest sources of industrial emissions.

Designed to be an open-access system, the ACG will serve as the backbone of Alberta’s emerging carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) industry, connecting the Fort McMurray region, the Alberta Industrial Heartland, and the Drayton Valley region to key sequestration locations and delivery points across the province, and serving multiple industries. When fully constructed, the system will have the potential capability to transport and store up to 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, which would be equivalent to removing 7.5 million cars off the road each year.

In addition to using new assets, by leveraging existing infrastructure and a newly developed sequestration hub, the ACG represents the infrastructure platform needed for Alberta-based industries to effectively manage their emissions and contribute positively to Alberta’s lower-carbon economy, creating sustainable long-term value for TC Energy and Pembina stakeholders.

 

ACG selected to move forward

The Alberta Government has confirmed that the Alberta Carbon Grid (ACG), and our proposal to build and operate a carbon storage hub and gathering lines in Alberta’s industrial heartland, has been invited to move forward into the next stage of the province’s carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) process.

We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Government of Alberta, collaborate with our 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.

The ACG is part of Pembina’s and TC Energy’s ongoing commitment to energy diversification, industry collaboration, and a lower-carbon future that benefits the environment and the Alberta economy. CCUS is an essential step in decarbonization and reducing GHG emissions to help meet Canada’s climate goals.

Learn more at albertacarbongrid.ca.


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


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The solution

Once fully constructed, the ACG will have the potential capability of transporting up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 annually from multiple customers, sectors and industries – almost 10 percent of Alberta’s industrial emissions – contributing toward Canada’s enhanced climate targets. Based on initial studies, the ACG sequestration reservoir will be capable of providing decades of CO2 storage capacity.

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The counterparty

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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The deal

Jointly develop a world-scale carbon transportation and sequestration system. Read the June 17, 2021 news release.

Project Highlights

  • World-Scale Carbon Capacity: The open-access system is being designed with the ability to scale up to 60,000 tonnes per day of capacity, or 20 million tonnes per annum, 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, 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: With multiple inlets and outlets, customers will have flexibility to decide delivered CO2 end-uses including industrial processes and sequestration.
  • 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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Ways to reach us

TC Energy is committed to notifying affected landowners, towns, communities and local, state and federal governments and agencies involved in the Project. If you have any questions about the Project, please reach out to us via the contact information below.

Calgary corporate head office

450 – 1 St. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 5H1

1-800-661-3805

Public Affairs

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Calgary, Alberta
T2P 5H1

1-855-895-8754

Media Relations
TC Energy welcomes enquiries from media. Please direct questions to:
1-800-608-7859 Toll-free (North America)

Commercial

TC Energy welcomes enquiries from current and potential customers. Please direct questions to Riley Baldwin

403-920-6870