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Shell launches Canadian carbon capture plant Quest

The company has officially launched its Quest CCS project in Alberta, designed to store more than 1m mt of carbon dioxide annually

The CO2 is transported through a 65-km pipeline and injected more than 2 km underground. Built for the Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint-venture of Shell, Chevron and Marathon, Quest is estimated to have cost $1.35bn, including some 50% government funding (C$865m, $650m) without which it would never have been built. It already stored 200,000 tonnes of CO2 during testing earlier in 2015. International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol hailed the launch of "the world’s first large-scale CCS that will reduce emissions from oil sands" as "particularly significant ahead of the [COP-21] Paris climate negotiations, as world leaders will be looking to strike a deal for deep emission red

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