The issue first gained wide attention when Natural Resources Canada published its carbon capture roadmap in 2006. Subsequent government incentives at the federal and provincial levels are expected to spur significant infrastructure projects over the next decade that will establish Canada as a leader in the field.
The types of projects vary. Much of the expected activity will be retrofitting existing facilities to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions. The Boundary Dam project, for example, captures emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and the Quest project captures emissions from an oilsands operation in Fort Saskatchewan.