Fort Nelson CCS Feasibility Project

Photo of the Fort Nelson CCS Feasibility Project
Fort Nelson gas processing plant. Photo by Spectra Energy

As part of a larger effort to investigate CO2 mitigation strategies, the Fort Nelson Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Feasibility Project investigated the technical and economic feasibility of a commercial-scale geologic storage project near Fort Nelson, British Columbia. At the time of the research, Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson natural gas-processing facility was the largest point source of CO2 in the province.

The objectives were to 1) determine the geologic characteristics of the potential storage and sealing rock formations near the injection site; 2) model the effects that large-scale injection of CO2 may have on those rock formations and on wellbore integrity; 3) evaluate the geologic risks of the injection process at local and regional scales based on results of the modeling effort; and 4) design site-specific, risk-based monitoring, verification, and accounting plans to ensure safe and cost-efficient, long-term CO2 storage in the Fort Nelson study area.

The Fort Nelson CCS Feasibility Project was an international collaboration that included industry, government (Natural Resources Canada, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the province of British Columbia), universities, and an experienced, multidisciplinary technical team. The PCOR Partnership collaborated with Spectra Energy on the 2009–2012 feasibility study as part of its Phase III activities.


Although the site is an exceptional candidate for commercial-scale, long-term geologic storage of CO2, the economics of carbon management in British Columbia did not support the financial case for moving forward with a CCS project at the time of the study.

The Fort Nelson CCS Feasibility Project is recognized by the international Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) as being uniquely qualified to fill technological gaps with regard to geologic storage of CO2.

CSLF is a ministerial-level international climate change initiative focused on the development of improved cost-effective CCS technologies. The mission of CSLF is to facilitate the development and deployment of such technologies via collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic, and environmental obstacles.


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