Transportation: ACTL Pipeline

The ACTL – or Alberta Carbon Trunk Line – is a 240 kilometre pipeline that will collect CO₂ from industrial emitters in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland near Fort Saskatchewan and transport it to aging oil reservoirs throughout central and southern Alberta for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects and secure permanent storage.

At its ultimate capacity, the ACTL will transport 40,000 tonnes per day (14.6 million tonnes per year) of CO₂ to reservoirs capable of producing an additional one billion barrels of high-quality light crude oil. As the one billion barrels of oil is produced, these reservoirs will safely and securely store projected CO₂ volumes equivalent to the impact of removing every car in Alberta from the road. The ACTL Project will be the largest carbon capture, transportation, utilization and storage (CCUS) project in the world that exclusively uses man made CO₂ that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere.

Routing of the ACTL pipeline was selected to maximize access to oil reservoirs offer ideal characteristics for oil recovery and the secure and permanent storage of CO₂. Under the first phase of the ACTL Project, the CO₂ transported on the ACTL will initially be delivered to depleted oil fields near Clive, Alberta. Canada has more than 840,000 kilometres of oil and natural gas pipelines that have operated safely for decades. The ACTL pipeline transporting CO₂ will be specifically designed for CO₂ but will be similar to those used to transport natural gas and oil.

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The ACTL pipeline will ship CO₂ volumes from Alberta’s Industrial Heartland north of Edmonton to the Clive oil processing and gas compression facility site located over 200 km south.

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