Canada’s Questerre studying Quebec carbon storage
Canadian energy company Questerre Energy, which controls substantial Utica shale gas assets in Quebec, said September 23 it had filed an application with the provincial government to test a reservoir for carbon storage potential.
The operation will consist primarily of an injectivity test to gather data on both the safe rate of injection and the storage potential of the reservoir, located in the Cambrian Potsdam sandstone formation at a depth of about 1,000 m. Questerre holds exclusive rights to explore for storage reservoirs across 1mn acres of Quebec, and is already planning seismic programmes to identify other potential reservoirs.
“This will be the first test of its kind in Quebec and will gather essential technical data,” Questerre CEO Michael Binnion said. “We are well positioned to look for carbon storage reservoirs with a comprehensive geological and geophysical database in the province, much of it exclusive.”
He said the company would work with academic and other groups also interested in Quebec’s carbon storage potential.
Questerre has estimated the ultimate resource potential of its Utica shale assets in Quebec’s St Lawrence Lowlands at about 5.8 trillion ft3, but has been blocked on several past attempts to develop that resource. It now bills itself as an energy technology and innovation company, leveraging its knowledge of low-permeability reservoirs to acquire significant high-quality resources.
“We believe we can successfully transition our energy portfolio,” it said. “With new clean technologies and innovation to responsibly produce and use energy, we can sustain both human progress and our natural environment.”