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Week of September 16, 2002
WCR Letters to the Editor
Kyoto cleanup saves moneyRe. Ratifying the Kyoto Accord could be a financial boon for Canada.
An Alberta company, Greenhouse Gas Separation Systems (GHG) has developed processes that can remove CO2 from flue gases, for less than $10 per metric tonne.
Health experts have stated that every tonne of CO2 released into our atmosphere costs Canadians $16 in health related costs.
There are consumers of CO2 willing to pay for the CO2 adding to the benefits. Mathematics would show a net profit.
Other programs have had fewer consultations, Free Trade and GST for example and involve much more. Kyoto would have us reduce CO2 by a hundred million tonnes per year. At a cost of less than $10 per tonne, we are talking about less than a billion dollars per year. 30 million Canadians means less than $33 per year per Canadian. Less than a cell phone bill for 1 month. Where are our priorities?
Shell's Scotford upgrader and refinery project is a good example. GHG has established that they can sequester about 4,000 tonnes per day from their feedstock for less than $9 per tonne and boost it up and pipe it 200 kms, for enhanced oil recovery or enhanced coal bed methane recovery for a total cost of approximately $15 per tonne.
Each molecule of CO2 injected into a coal bed releases 2 molecules of methane. Burn the methane, sequester the CO2 and inject it back into the coal bed for more methane, in a closed non-polluting system.
It has been suggested that if you ozonate the intake, your exhaust would be CO2 and H2O.
The Weyburn oil fields in Saskatchewan are importing CO2 from the U.S. at a cost that will exceed a billion dollars over 20 years. Sask Power is pumping thousands of tonnes of CO2 into the air in nearby Estevan. Greenhouse Gas Separation Systems Inc. could remove a hundred million tonnes of CO2 from Canadian Industries and Power Plants for that same billion.
In Alberta, they are taking fresh water completely out of the ecosystem to pressure up oilfields, to increase oil production, 276,000,000,000 litres of fresh water in permits last year alone.
Why not use the CO2 from local industries instead. We can provide onsite nitrogen production for under balanced drilling, what is stopping us from using membranes or other methods available, to provide the CO2 to pressure up the fields instead of water. Save water and clean the air at the same time.
Many of us in the oilfield know the technology is there, waiting for mandatory usage. Ratify Kyoto and you will be surprised how quickly industry will be able to comply.
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