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News Release - June 27, 2008

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be in Saskatchewan on Monday to see firsthand some of the groundbreaking research on carbon capture and storage occurring in this province.

Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia), House Energy & Air Quality Sub-Committee; and, Representative Tim Mahoney (D-Florida) will visit the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) in Regina and the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Weyburn-Midale Carbon Dioxide Monitoring and Storage Project near Weyburn.

While at the PTRC, the members of Congress will observe presentations on:

- Saskatchewan's strategic approach to carbon capture and storage;

- SaskPower's Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture/Sequestration Demonstration Project;

- The International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Weyburn-Midale Carbon Dioxide Monitoring and Storage Project; and,

- The International Test Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture (followed by a tour of the International Test Centre).

Energy and Resources Minister Bill Boyd, who is also the Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, will join the Weyburn portion of the tour along with top executives from EnCana.

"Saskatchewan is a world leader in the field of carbon capture and sequestration, and this visit provides the opportunity to show these influential elected officials what our province has to offer the world in climate change initiatives that also support energy production," Boyd said. "The provincial government welcomes increased energy trade and welcomes U.S. interest in Saskatchewan's energy sector."

The delegation's time in the Weyburn area will include a meeting with top EnCana executives from Calgary and tour of EnCana's Weyburn carbon sequestration and related enhanced oil recovery project.

EnCana began working with the International Energy Agency before the CO2 was injected into the ground. Agency scientists first studied the reservoir to establish baseline knowledge in order to monitor and understand reservoir changes as CO2 was injected over the life of the project.

"This project provides a win-win for business and the environment," EnCana Executive Vice-President of Canadian Plains Don Swystun said. "EnCana is able to enhance oil recovery and eliminate CO2 from the air at the same time. We expect to store 30 million tonnes of CO2, which is equal to taking nearly 7 million cars off the road for a year."

During his March visit to Washington, D.C., Premier Brad Wall invited Chairman Boucher to lead a delegation to Saskatchewan and learn more about the province's energy research centre initiatives. Following their visit to Saskatchewan, the American delegation will travel to Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The visit was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. -30-

For more information, contact:

Jeff Welke, Intergovernmental Affairs
Phone: 306-787-6156
Cell: 306-536-1185

Alan Boras
Phone: 403-645-4747

Backgrounder – Clean Energy Projects

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage

• Over half of Saskatchewan’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are attributable to electricity generation and oil and gas activities. In order to reduce GHG emissions while still accessing coal, it is essential that Saskatchewan utilize technology such as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

• CO2 can be injected into oilfields as part of an enhanced oil recovery project, as now occurs at two southeastern Saskatchewan oilfields. CO2 can also be injected into saline reservoirs for storage, or into deep coal seams either for storage or to stimulate production of natural gas

• Saskatchewan is taking a leading world role in applying this technology at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) and the International Test Centre (ITC) for CO2 Capture in Regina.

• The PTRC was established by the federal and provincial governments to work with industry to develop the next generation of oil production technology.

• One of the major initiatives of the PTRC is the International Energy Agency (IEA) GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project which is studying the storage of CO2 associated with CO2 enhanced oil recovery projects.

• The Weyburn-Midale project is improving understanding of geological sequestration of CO2, the mechanisms of sequestration, and the degree to which CO2 can be permanently sequestered or stored in geological formations. The information provided by the project will assist in selecting other appropriate CO2 storage sites and in designing and implementing successful CO2 sequestration or storage projects throughout the world. The project will provide a credible assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2.

• The results of the initial phase of the IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project indicate that the injected CO2 likely will remain in the Weyburn and Midale reservoirs for several thousand years at a minimum.

• Saskatchewan has recently announced a $1.4 billion SaskPower Clean Coal Project to demonstrate CO2 capture for use in enhanced oil recovery in southeast Saskatchewan. The first phase of this Project involves a front end engineering and design (FEED) study, selecting technology partnerships and issuing equipment orders, leading to a decision to go ahead with the Project by 2011.

• The large volume of CO2 required for injection into oil reservoirs in Saskatchewan could be obtained from nearby coal-fired electricity generation stations using CO2 separation technology being developed by the International Test Centre (ITC) for CO2 Capture at the U of R. The ITC is developing technologies to capture CO2 from flue gases (primarily amine-based) from large industrial facilities such as refineries or
coal-fired electrical generating stations.

• CCS technology is attracting significant attention nationally and internationally. It is likely that coal will remain a major contributor to electrical generation for decades due to its distribution, abundance, and low, stable prices. This means it is particularly important to develop new technologies to address the emissions from coal-fired electricity generation facilities.


Backgrounder - Congressmen

Chairman Rick Boucher (D-Virginia)
First elected to the US House of Representatives in 1982, Chairmain Boucher is currently serving his 13th term. He chairs the Energy and Air Quality Sub-Committee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This Committee has been very active on issues related to climate change and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration.
More information about Chairman Boucher can be found at
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Representative Tim Mahoney (D-Florida)
Representative Mahoney was sworn into office on January 4, 2007 to represent Florida's 16th Congressional District. He was named the "Most Effective New Congressman" by's annual Power Rankings, which ranks Members' power based upon legislative accomplishments and influence.

More information about Representative Mahoney can be found at
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