Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas

Lead Researcher(s):  

Key Researcher(s):  Kaush Rakhit, Natalie Sweet

Project ID:  2022-001

Key Research Organization(s):  Canadian Discovery

Project Location:  Northeast BC

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been identified as a priority emissions reduction and mitigation strategy by federal and provincial governments, industry and others. An understanding of the potential for geological CCS is needed to help make this strategy as effective and efficient as possible.

This project is gathering and repurposing existing data (largely from natural gas development) in British Columbia’s Northeast Region to create Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas. The project is intended to be the first step in developing a province-wide geological CCS atlas. The project is a partnership between the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation’s (EMLI) Hydrogen Office and the BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (BC CICE).

Geoscience BC is working with partners to identify future priority geological CCS research.

Geoscience BC CCS Research


August 30, 2022 Open House

Geoscience BC held open house in Fort St-John. Thank you to everyone who attended! The presentation is available for download below.

The Need

A carbon management industry can play a critical role in meeting both the province’s climate action and economic development objectives. There is currently a lack of coordinated public information about geological formations suitable for long-term carbon dioxide storage in BC’s portion of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. This information is needed to guide the province’s rapidly growing low-carbon energy and CCS sectors. The research project will accelerate CCS projects and supports the development of a low-carbon hydrogen industry in BC.

The Situation

Many recent technical studies exist in the public domain characterizing reservoirs within the BC Northeast Region’s portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. This project is building on seminal work by Bachu (2006) and will collate available public studies to provide an inventory of favourable geological CCS sites along with an atlas of maps, and a comprehensive report identifying the most favourable formations and locations for carbon sequestration. A plan to engage industry, governments, communities, Indigenous groups and others is a key deliverable to ensure awareness of information and to inform early-stage decisions.


This Energy project fits under Geoscience BC’s Strategic Objective of ‘Enabling Clean Energy’.

Specifically, the goals for this project are to:

  • Coordinate the completion of an atlas that identifies and assesses potentially suitable geological carbon storage targets in the Northeast Region.
  • Establish a steering committee to convene a project advisory committee
  • Complete of a comprehensive final report which identifies and evaluates potential geological CCS targets that could reduce emissions from existing or future industrial projects in NE BC
  • Execute a CCS Outreach and Engagement Program to help raise CCS awareness and strengthen relationships as well as help raise awareness of research project and CCS opportunities with interested groups in NE BC (e.g. sectors, governments, communities and Indigenous groups)


Additional expected goals of a completed atlas are:

  • Identification of most favourable geological sites for CO2 storage in NE BC
  • Understanding of ultimate potential volumes which may be geologically stored in NE BC
  • Estimation of expected annual storage potential (e.g. Mt/yr) for most favourable sites in NE BC
  • Acceleration of follow-up industry-led studies on geological CCS in NE BC
  • Provision of key information to enable improved decision-making for policy- and regulatory-makers, and industry
  • Acceleration and enabling of 0.6 Mt/yr CO2e CleanBC CCS targets
  • Increasing awareness of CCS and opportunities in NE BC.


The public information generated by the study will be valuable to groups including low-carbon hydrogen producers, industry, governments, academia, communities and Indigenous groups who are working to meet emissions reduction targets.

Project Governance

Oversight for the Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas project is provided by a Steering Committee of:

  • Yemi Adefulu, Deputy Executive Director, BC CICE
  • Guy Gensey, Director, Energy & Industrial Decarbonization, EMLI
  • Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO, Geoscience BC
  • Chief Justin Napoleon, Chief, Saulteau First Nations


Technical input for the project is provided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of technical experts. The PAC will develop a framework to identify and assess suitable geological CCS targets, ensuring that evaluation protocols conform with analogous existing CCS projects in North America.

  • Ron Stefik, Supervisor, Reservoir Engineering, BC Oil and Gas Commission
  • Warren Walsh, Strategic Energy Manager, Energy and Industry Decarbonization, EMLI
  • Sara McPhail, Sr. Petroleum Geologist, EMLI
  • Sonya Dehler, Director, Geological Survey of Canada Atlantic, Natural Resources Canada
  • Ron Hill, Director, New Exploration Ventures, Tourmaline Oil Corp.
  • Santiago Arribas Picon, Technical Manager, Business Development, Enbridge
  • Tim Shaw, Sr Advisor, Indigenous & Govt Relations & Energy Transition, NorthRiver Midstream


The project is focusing on the BC Northeast Region portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.