GHG Environmental Priority Area Update

Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells

Cenovus is exploring the use of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells to capture carbon dioxide from natural gas-fired processing units while generating electricity.

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Wayne Hillier

Wayne Hillier
Director, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) EPA

The Greenhouse Gases (GHG) EPA made a lot of headway in 2014. We established opportunity areas and gaps for in situ and began launching a number of high-priority joint industry projects (JIPs). This year GHG members will continue launching in situ JIPs, while we work to finalize our opportunity areas and gaps for mining.

The GHG EPA will collect environmental performance data in Q1 to get a clear snapshot of where the EPA currently sits. We will use that information to determine our priorities for the year. On the mining side, this information will be used to create a finalized list of gaps and opportunity areas so we can begin to launch JIPs that fill those gaps.

A key part of this process will be leveraging the external pools of knowledge and expertise that exist in our Associate Membership program and the innovators and researchers from around the world who will be in attendance at COSIA’s first Innovation Summit, taking place in Banff, March 31 to April 2, 2015.

I am quite pleased with the number of quality abstracts we have received from the GHG EPA members. We will be presenting 10 projects and will have an additional 14 featured on posters. This will be a great opportunity to get external feedback and advice on the work our members are doing, and to tap into the research capacity of experts around the world. We look forward to doing this annually, and to increase our capacity to learn and collaborate each time we do.

We’ll be able to take that input from the Innovation Summit and use it during our EPA planning session in Q2. Here, we will take a look at our project portfolios for both mining and in situ. We will reassess what types of projects we should be focusing on going forward in order to fill the gaps.  This project portfolio assessment is important.  We need to be working on the right priorities to meet our Aspiration, “to produce oil with lower greenhouse gas emissions than other sources of oil.”

The second half of 2015 will be spent launching new JIPs. At the same time, we will begin the process of road mapping the GHG EPA’s third area of focus, Upgrading, so that by this time next year, we can be in a place to begin developing opportunity areas and gaps, prioritizing projects and launching JIPs.

I’ll keep you up to date on our progress throughout the year. Stay tuned.