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Oil Sands CCUS: Pathways Alliance

Strategic Area

Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage




Pathways Alliance (a collaboration between Canadian Natural, Cenovus Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy)
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)


Energy Innovation Program



EIP Contribution

$ 7,000,000

Project Total

$ 35,200,000



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Pathways Alliance

Lead Proponent

Canada Natural on behalf of Pathways Alliance

Project Objectives

The Project aims to complete a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study to inform the decisions to be made regarding the proposed project to be constructed which could consist of a 400-kilometre transportation line and up to 1 gigatonne cumulative sequestration hub in Alberta which could further enable the construction of more than 20 oil sands capture facilities (14 by 2030).

Expected Results

The Project is expected to :

  1. Reduce net carbon dioxide emissions by about 13.9 Mt CO2 capture of up to 4.2 Mt CO2/y by 2030 and 62 Mt CO2/y by 2050.
  2. Create new jobs for Canadians and support future CCUS developments in Alberta.
  3. Lead to the creation of a first of a kind CO2 network in Alberta enabling the construction of CO2 capture facilities at oil sands assets, and the resulting CO2 transportation and sequestration.

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