Maurice Smith

  • Alberta Ambitious Hydrogen Roadmap To Include Focus On Exports

    Alberta will lay out a detailed plan to promote clean hydrogen production with the ultimate goal of exporting the increasingly sought-after commodity, according to Dale Nally, Alberta associate minister of Natural Gas and Electricity.

    November 5, 2021, 3:03 AM MDT

  • CCUS Offers Decarbonization Lifeline To Hard-To-Abate Cement Production

    One of the greatest challenges to reaching a truly net-zero economy is the so-called hard-to-abate industries like concrete, steel and aluminum — together responsible for 23 per cent of global emissions.

    November 2, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Whitecap Teams With Federated Co-op To Capture Refinery Emissions For Enhanced Oil Recovery

    Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) will invest $510 million to cut refinery and ethanol plant emissions in a deal with Whitecap Resources Inc. to sequester nearly 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum at its Weyburn Unit, the single largest anthropogenic carbon storage project in the world.

    October 21, 2021, 9:41 AM MDT

  • North America Retains CCUS Lead

    North America continues to be the global frontrunner in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) deployment, with over 40 new CCS projects announced so far this year, according to the Global CCS Institute.

    October 19, 2021, 7:25 AM MDT

  • Climate Worries Bolster CCUS Plans, Though Action Still Years Away

    Though carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS, or CCS) facility development remains a tiny fraction of overall emissions, projects in the pipeline took a dramatic jump in the first nine months of 2021, according to the Global CCS Institute.

    October 14, 2021, 10:47 AM MDT

  • Molten Salt Reactors Revived From Early Days Of Nuclear Age Promoted For Safety, Flexibility

    But for some fateful decisions made in the early days of the nuclear age, fission reactor designs may have taken an entirely different route, where meltdowns could have been avoided and the power of the atom may have spread to many other applications unsuited to today’s water-cooled reactor design virtually universally adopted.

    October 12, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • High Heat Molten Salt SMRs Fit For Alberta Purposes

    Nuclear power plants have long been considered to supply the ravenous heat and power needs of bitumen production. But reactors of the past never quite fit the bill.

    October 12, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Scientists Look To Tap Into World’s Biggest Carbon Sink Off B.C. Coast

    Scientists have moved one step closer to tapping into vast coastal undersea basalts with the potential to contain, and turn into rock, all the carbon emitted into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution began — and then some.

    October 7, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Modular Nuclear Reactors Touted For Saskatchewan Grid, Oilsands Extraction

    If Ontario Power Generation (OPG), SaskPower and TC Energy Corporation have their way, a next generation nuclear power plant — whose developer is to be chosen this fall — will reach criticality near Toronto in seven years, followed by a fleet of four identical small modular reactors (SMRs) firing up in Saskatchewan through the 2030s.

    October 6, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Canada Risks Losing Once In Generation Opportunity On Minerals; Geoscientists’ Role Examined

    Despite tremendous potential to produce many high demand minerals and metals, Canada is at risk of missing the opportunity to lead in their production, to stimulate its own economy and to hasten its decarbonization, according to a mining industry executive.

    September 29, 2021, 7:35 AM MDT

  • PTAC Launches Record New Projects, Focuses On Methane Mitigation In Turbulent Year

    With the stakes higher than ever this year, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) leaned into collaborative innovation and technology development over the past year, its 25th, facilitating 186 projects throughout a 15-month period.

    September 29, 2021, 10:38 AM MDT

  • Mining For Net Zero A Near Impossible Task, Posing Threat To Climate Goals

    Canada’s, and the world’s, targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions around mid century have a big stumbling block that is rarely talked about: mining for the massive volumes of metals and minerals needed to get there.

    September 28, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • SMRs Have A Long, Less Than Sparkling History – Could This Time Be Different?

    Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi put the nuclear power industry on death’s door. The nuclear station meltdowns in 1986 and 2011 drove countries like Germany to wind down their nuclear sectors, while others stalled new builds and pursued other options, like renewables.

    September 1, 2021, 8:45 AM MDT

  • Climate Imperative, New Modular Technologies Breathing New Life Into Nuclear

    Canada was the second country in the world to control a nuclear fission reaction, the first to declare the use of the atom strictly for peaceful purposes and remains among only a handful of Tier 1 nuclear powers with full spectrum nuclear capabilities in terms of meeting all stages of nuclear energy development.

    August 31, 2021, 9:43 AM MDT

  • Investors Finding Opportunity In Full Carbon Life Cycle, Ending In CCUS

    Gigatonnes of diversion and removal of carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere considered to be necessary to put the world economy on a trajectory to reach net-zero emissions won’t come cheap.

    August 12, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Into The Void: Views Differ On Divvying Up Suddenly Valuable Pore Space

    A sudden interest in the empty space between subsurface rocks has created the need to place a value on the void and a means for all users to gain access to the underground repositories.

    August 11, 2021, 12 AM MDT

  • Canada Tops CCUS List; Federal-Provincial Counterparts See Eye-To-Eye On Incentives

    Canada came out on top of an international survey of locations for carbon capture, utilization and storage hubs conducted by the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), positioning it well for future CCUS development even as new incentives are developed.

    August 9, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Blue Hydrogen Supercharges Expansion In CCUS Application

    Most of the flurry of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects announced over the past three months in Alberta have one thing in common: a large-scale ramp up in blue hydrogen production.

    July 15, 2021, 8:24 AM MDT

  • BP World Energy Review: Last Year’s Record Emissions Drop Must Be Duplicated Every Year To 2050

    All the moments of great turmoil in global energy in the last century pale in comparison to the events of last year, when a global pandemic crushed oil demand, sparked the largest global recession since the Second World War and set carbon emissions back to 2011 levels, said BP plc in its annual Statistical Review of World Energy.

    July 8, 2021, 4:10 PM MDT

  • Funding The New Carbon Rush Requires A Big Government Helping Hand

    A string of announcements of new carbon capture, utilization and storage projects that could represent tens of millions of tonnes of CO2 sequestration, and tens of billions of dollars worth of investment in the years ahead, have thrown the CCUS ball back into federal and provincial lawmakers’ court.

    June 29, 2021, 8:11 AM MDT

  • U.S. CCUS Incentives Improving With Age As Lawmakers Seek Further Reform

    As Canada embarks on a three-month consultation process to define the provisions of a promised investment tax credit to promote CCUS — one climate policy initiative all parties appear to agree is a priority — there are plenty of examples to draw on.

    June 29, 2021, 9:05 AM MDT

  • Net-Zero Targets Ignite Global Interest In CCUS; Hubs And Cross Border Partnerships Flourishing

    Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is no longer the main preserve of its birthplace in North America.  

    June 28, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • U.S. CCUS Project Pipeline Flourishes While Canada Plays Catch-up

    While Canada largely rested on its CCUS laurels, multibillion-dollar carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects were announced from Europe to the Middle East and Asia over the past year, even as the U.S., aided by newly improved tax incentives and in some cases Canadian technology, remained the undisputed leader in both completed and planned CCUS projects.

    June 24, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Canada Springs To Action On CCUS

    Virtually every scenario to get to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid century relies on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) to get there.

    June 24, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • CCUS Set To Play A Larger Role As New Focus Goes To Net Zero Pledges

    A new net-zero greenhouse gas emissions world is changing the game across all segments of the economy, and leading to the creation of entirely new sectors. One sure to play a larger role in the lead up to 2050 will be carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

    June 23, 2021, 6 AM MDT

Dear user, please be aware that we use cookies to help users navigate our website content and to help us understand how we can improve the user experience. If you have ideas for how we can improve our services, we’d love to hear from you. Click here to email us. By continuing to browse you agree to our use of cookies. Please see our Privacy & Cookie Usage Policy to learn more.