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Project Concept: Pilot-scale Carbon Capture and Storage in Ultramafic Rocks

Lead Researcher(s):  TBD

Project ID:  2022-006

Key Research Organization(s):  TBD

Project Location:  British Columbia

Strategic Focus Area:  


The ability of ultramafic rocks to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) through the precipitation of carbonate minerals is already understood. This concept project would capitalize on ongoing previous work to develop a pilot-scale demonstration. It would bring together leading industry technical expertise in sequestering carbon and Geoscience BC’s project management and engagement experience to attract investment, de-risk emerging opportunities and position British Columbia at the forefront by providing quality technical data and information needed for industry, governments, academia, communities, and Indigenous groups to make evidence-based decisions.

The Need

In Canada’s and British Columbia’s move toward net-zero goals, there is a need to identify suitable host rocks for the sequestering of CO2 and to pilot the technology to capture and inject the gas. Ultramafic rock has significant potential as it reacts with the CO2, forming a stable carbonate mineral.

Potentially suitable localities have been identified as part of the ongoing Carbon Mineralization Potential Assessment for BC project. This project and related studies have generated significant interest in developing this technology, with potential next steps involving engagement, capture and injection strategy development and a techno-economic assessment.