The Scotford Upgrader is the site of the world's first carbon capture and storage facility for an oil sands project

From increasing energy efficiency in our operations to fuel technology advancements to educating customers on ways to consume fuel more efficiently, Shell is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) at all stages of the energy life cycle – from the mine to the motorist.

Shell continues to invest in technology development and knowledge sharing to identify promising opportunities. This includes leveraging the deep technical expertise within Shell globally, as well as collaborative industry initiatives like Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), to work on reducing GHGs in oil sands.

Energy efficiency

In our oil sands project operations in Canada we have taken measures to save energy, through use of heat integration design and by installing co-generation plant facilities in both our mining and upgrading operations. These use waste heat and excess steam for power generation, reducing the demand for power from the local grid. 

Carbon capture and storage

Shell’s Quest capture carbon and storage project in Canada became fully operational in November 2015, and is designed to capture a million tonnes of CO2 per year from the Scotford Upgrader and store it deep underground.

Quest will serve as a model for advancing and deploying more carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities in other industrial settings. The experience and lessons learned from Quest will be crucial to reducing the time and cost of advancing new CCS projects worldwide.

Learn more about Quest on the Shell Canada website

Related links

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Integrated CO2 Network

CERA Oil Sands study

Conference Board of Canada report

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Managing water

Most of the water we use to extract the oil from the oil sands is recycled. We carefully manage waste water from our operations and reduce fresh water use.

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