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Alberta presses ahead with CCS plans

New panel to oversee C$2bn programme

A BLUE-riband panel has been selected by the Alberta government to draft policies and regulations for commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects that are already off the starting blocks. CCS is the cherished goal of outgoing premier Ed Stelmach to refine more oil-sands bitumen into synthetic crude in Alberta and use the resulting emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to rebuild reservoir pressures at enhanced-oil recovery (EOR) sites. The plan would make Alberta a world leader in applying the largely untested technology. The government has established a C$2bn ($2.05bn) fund to support CCS projects and has so far assigned C$495m to Enhance Energy to build two CO2-related facilities at

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