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CCS Talks: The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line – Alberta’s Newest Carbon Solution

11th July 2020

In early June, the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line was declared “fully operational” by its partners.   The ACTL and its associated CO2 emission sources thus became the 20th and 21st large-scale CCS facilities in the world, according to the Global CCS Institute’s CO2RE Facilities Database.  Designed as the backbone infrastructure needed to support a lower carbon economy in Alberta, Canada, the ACTL system is currently capturing about 1.6 million tonnes per year of industrial CO2 emissions from an oil refinery and a fertilizer plant, and delivering it to mature oil and gas reservoirs for use in enhanced oil recovery and permanent storage.

Join the ACTL’s business partners and funders to hear, in their own words, how the project came together, how they overcame the obstacles, and what they envision for the future of the ACTL system, and for CCS around the world.  The 60-minute panel discussion will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the participants of the webinar


Blair Eddy - Chief Operating Officer, VP Engineering & Operations, Enhance Energy

Blair Eddy is an executive with more than 25 years of experience in the WCSB.  After receiving his Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Blair went on to gain a wide range of technical, operational and commercial experience.  Blair’s operational experience includes the Weyburn CO2 project, where he was involved for over 10 years in all aspects of project development from operations, facilities, and drilling through to production engineering.

Blair joined Enhance when it was founded in 2008 and since that time has been integral to all aspects of the ACTL Project from concept development, through design, commercial analysis and financing.  Over the last 11 years with Enhance Energy, Blair has played a key role in the design of the complete ACTL system, from source capture/compression, transportation to enhanced oil recovery and long term CO2 storage.

Blair is currently leading Enhance’s efforts to become Canada’s leading low-carbon energy producer.

Enhance is the owner and operator of the Clive oil reservoir, which is receiving the CO2 from ACTL for EOR utilization and permanent storage.

Jeff Pearson - President, Wolf Carbon Solutions, Inc.

Jeff Pearson is charged with oversight of Wolf’s Carbon Business Unit, which includes responsibility for the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line system, as well as new business development in the carbon space. He joined Wolf in 2018 and brought a robust engineering background and more than 20 years of diversified experience across the oil and gas sector. After graduating as an Engineer from the University of Alberta, Jeff went on to earn his MBA from the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth. Jeff is a Professional Engineer and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Directors. Before Wolf, Jeff was Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Veresen Midstream LP, Manager of Business Development at TAQA North, Vice President at ARC Financial and a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Wolf is the owner and operator of the compression facilities at the two CO2 capture sites, as well as the 240 km pipeline that transports the CO2 from source to storage.

Alyssa Haunholter, Vice President Government & Stakeholder Relations, North West Refining

Alyssa Haunholter is the Vice President of Government & Stakeholder Relations for North West Refining, the founders and 50% owners of the Sturgeon Refinery. Alyssa has spent her career working with visionary leaders on complicated challenges and finding paths to success.  She has been involved with the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line System since 2008 and has spent most of that time focused on building highly effective government relations strategies and persuasive and strategic stakeholder relations. Prior to joining North West Refining, Alyssa started her career at the Alberta Legislature as a senior policy advisor and Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister in three different portfolios. She then went on to work for a global public relations consultancy agency before taking on a leadership role in Alberta’s energy industry. Alyssa has extensive community networks and has served on various boards for not-for-profit agencies and service clubs.  Alyssa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.

North West Refining, the owner and operator of the Redwater refinery, the major source of pure CO2 for the ACTL.

Justin Wheler, Executive Director, Climate Implementation and Compliance, Policy Division, Alberta Environment and Parks

Justin Wheler is the Executive Director of Climate Implementation Compliance in the Policy Division of Alberta Environment and Parks. The Climate Implementation and Compliance Branch is responsible for implementation of the Technology Innovation and Emission Reduction Regulation and the associated emissions offset system, the Specified Gas Reporting Regulation, the Renewable Fuels Standard Regulation as well as overseeing the TIER Fund and Governance of broader climate programs across the government of Alberta and partner organizations. Justin is a Professional Engineer with over a decade of experience in greenhouse gas regulation and policy.

The government of Alberta provided $495 million in funding for the ACTL.


Jeff Erikson - General Manager, Client Engagement, Global CCS Institute

Jeff joined the Institute in January 2016 as General Manager —The Americas, before moving to the role of General Manager – Client Engagement in 2017. In his current role, Jeff is responsible for ensuring the Institute’s Members derive high value from their membership, as well as expanding the membership base and identifying fee-for-service opportunities.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jeff was Director of Global Projects at the Carbon War Room, an international non-governmental organisation and think tank working on issues regarding market-based solutions to climate change.

Jeff served as Senior Vice President at SustainAbility, a global think tank and strategic advisory firm. He spent 14 years at Mobil Oil and ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was responsible for projects and programs in multiple engineering specialities and across a broad range of environmental, health and safety issues.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University and is a professional engineer.


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