Geoscience BC is seeking partners to share access to data for this project.
Please contact Randy Hughes at Geoscience BC to discuss options: email@example.com
Carbon management can play a critical role in meeting both BC’s climate action and economic development objectives. This project will augment the Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas project and help further the understanding of the extent to which NEBC has CCS potential. By providing public information about the Granite Wash Formation, the project will guide the province’s rapidly emerging low-carbon energy and CCS sectors.
The Granite Wash Formation is a regionally occurring deposit lying unconformably on the basement rocks of the Peace River Arch. The Formation is regionally extensive but highly variable in thickness. During data acquisition for the Northeast BC Geological Carbon Capture and Storage Atlas project, Granite Wash was not included due to both the variable nature of the deposit and limited well data. The establishment of a consortium focused on the Granite Wash will enable funding and participation of industry partners to help facilitate data collection and assessment of CCS potential.
The goals for this Energy project are:
- Establish a Project Charter with industry, government and other partners, outlining commitments to participation, in-kind support (e.g., seismic information and data) and financial contributions.
- Catalogue existing relevant technical reports and data.
- Identify, interpret and report on existing well log, core, and other geological data to determine reservoir distribution and characteristics of the Granite Wash.
- Identify, and where possible, acquire appropriate seismic data and existing seismic interpretations to assist with regional mapping of the Granite Wash.
- Map primary fault and structural features.
- Develop easy-to-interpret, public atlas-style report summarizing the Granite Wash reservoir CCS potential, including where possible porosity, permeability, pressure data, and volumetrics.
- Preliminarily assess CCS technical risks.
- Identify data gaps and recommendations for next phase research.
The public information generated by the project will be valuable to groups including CCS project developers, low-carbon hydrogen producers, industry, governments, academia, communities and Indigenous groups who are working to meet emissions reduction targets.
Project governance will include a technical Project Advisory Committee and a Steering Committee to oversee the consortium. The Steering Committee will include industry members supporting the project, Geoscience BC, EMLI, Indigenous representation and other interested partners.
The area of the Granite Wash Formation included in this project will focus on the Fort St. John – Dawson Creek region but, pending data availability, may extend to other regions in BC’s Northeast and the territories of Treaty 8 First Nations.
Geoscience BC encourages anyone planning exploration work to first contact Indigenous groups in the area. The Province of British Columbia’s Consultative Areas Database can help with this (https://maps.gov.bc.ca/ess/hm/cadb/). The Association for Mineral Exploration (AME) also produces an Indigenous Engagement Guidebook.