Fort Nelson Carbon Capture and Storage Feasibility Project

Spectra Energy is assessing the feasibility of a large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project near Fort Nelson, British Columbia.

About This Project

Spectra Energy is currently investigating a site located at a depth of 2,200 metres into multiple sub-surface geological formations, in proximity to Spectra Energy's existing Fort Nelson gas plant.

CCS involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) – a naturally occurring component of raw natural gas – compressing and transporting it to injection wells where it is injected into deep underground geological formations for permanent storage. Spectra Energy is exploring a large-scale CCS project near its existing Fort Nelson natural gas plant in northeast BC.

The feasibility project is intended to determine if deep underground saline reservoirs and associated infrastructure in the area are appropriate for CCS. The project will concurrently evaluate the technical, regulatory and economic feasibility, and will determine if surrounding geology is suitable for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S). At the conclusion of the feasibility phase, a determination will be made regarding if and when to proceed to a full-scale project.

The capture of CO2 at the source and its injection underground holds real promise in providing a safe and effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.

Spectra Energy has been recognized by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a world leader in CCS applications. Currently, seven of Spectra Energy’s gas processing facilities in western Canada are equipped with CCS technology and, on average, these facilities remove approximately 230,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere each year.

Project Status

Estimate Investment
Public funding $3.4 million

Estimated Project Start Date
Project is still in planning phase

Project Partners


Proponent Contact

John Turner
Manager, Government Relations
Spectra Energy

Economic Development Contact

Jaylene Arnold
Community Development Officer
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Northern Development Initiative Trust

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