State-controlled Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation (Jogmec) is teaming up with the Province of Alberta in Canada to further explore carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and fuel ammonia production.
Jogmec confirmed Monday it had signed a memorandum of understanding late last month with the government of Alberta, which it said was aimed at contributing to the supply of clean energy to Japan.
Jogmec views Alberta as an “internationally recognised leader” in CCS, noting the Canadian province already had a well-developed business environment including legal framework and carbon pricing system.
Alberta has committed C$1.24 billion (US$975.2 million) through 2025 to two commercial-scale carbon capture and storage projects — Shell’s Quest CCS project and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) system.
The Alberta government claims the two projects will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Alberta’s oil sands and fertiliser sectors by 2.76 million tonnes per annum, the equivalent of the annual emissions of 600,000 vehicles.
“Jogmec keeps a close cooperative relationship in the energy sector with Alberta. The agreement stated above, aims to strengthen strategic cooperation by adding items that contribute to decarbonisation, such as CCS, hydrogen, and fuel ammonia production, to the existing scope of cooperation,” Jogmec said in Monday’s statement.
“Jogmec will promote mutual cooperation with Alberta in cooperation with Alberta Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Alberta Energy and the Invest Alberta Corporation, to resolve issues in these areas and contribute to the supply of clean energy to Japan, through business support for Japanese companies.”
The agreement came just days after Jogmec signed up to participate in the CCS+ initiative, which aims to develop standards for carbon accounting methodologies by CCS activities.
The CCS+ initiative is looking to develop an integrated methodological framework for generating carbon credits and meeting regulatory obligations from CCS activities, including, according to Jogmec, establishing CO2 emission calculation methods, determining boundary conditions, and developing monitoring methods for each phase of CO2 capture, transport, and storage.
Other members of the initiative include TotalEnergies, Equinor, BP, Inpex, Mitsubishi and several other companies.
Jogmec also already has an existing MoU with the Province of Alberta that it signed in 2017 for mutual cooperation in the field of oil and gas, which in particular focused on exchanging information for unlocking extra heavy oil in Alberta.