Ed Stelmach, premier of Alberta, Canada, said: “This new pipeline will significantly advance Alberta’s capacity for future carbon capture and storage projects. The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) will be the backbone of CO2 transportation for Alberta. It will be built with long-term capacity in mind so as more companies capture CO2, they will be able connect to the line.”

The pipeline will connect the Industrial Heartland near Fort Saskatchewan south to producing oil fields near Clive, north of Red Deer. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2011, with operation to begin in late 2012. The province will invest $495m in the project, over 15 years. Provincial funding for this project is part of Alberta’s $2 billion commitment to carbon capture and storage.

Susan Cole, president of Enhance Energy, said: “The ACTL will enable the sustainable development of Alberta’s vast oil reserves while increasing production from existing reservoirs and helping to store 14 million tonnes of CO2 annually.”

Building infrastructure for future economic growth is said to be a key element of Alberta’s plan for economic recovery.