in the heartland.
To complement our carbon capture and storage solution, we have adopted several other environmental initiatives to ensure a truly proactive approach to cleaner upgrading.
Reducing Water Usage
North West Redwater Partnership will minimize fresh water use by utilizing highly efficient water treatment systems, maximizing air cooling for process purposes, and maximizing water recycling within the facility. Process water from the North Saskatchewan River will be treated and recycled multiple times. Surface water runoff from within the project site will be contained in engineered retention ponds and utilized for process purposes, again reducing the amount of fresh water being withdrawn from the North Saskatchewan River. Process water demands will be provided by existing third-party infrastructure to minimize the environmental footprint on the North Saskatchewan River in alignment with Alberta’s Water Management Framework.
Reducing Risk to Groundwater
The Partnership selected a site with low soil permeability to further reduce risk to groundwater. While adhering strictly to all requirements for secondary containment and handling of stored process fluids, the Partnership will also establish a comprehensive groundwater monitoring network within and around its project site. Additionally, the Partnership is a participant in a regional groundwater monitoring initiative championed by the Northeast Capital Industrial Association, where monitoring and data related to groundwater throughout the Alberta Industrial Heartland is maintained to ensure groundwater quality standards.
Reducing Natural Gas
The Partnership’s gasification technology significantly reduces the consumption of natural gas, so it is preserved for more valuable purposes. In fact, the natural gas we don’t use is equivalent to that used by more than 300,000 average Alberta homes.
In consideration of the ecological value of the few remaining wildlife corridors in the Alberta Industrial Heartland region, the Partnership has set aside a portion of its lands, with the approval of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, to act as a wildlife corridor around the project site. This ecological consideration ensures connectivity of a large, ecologically significant region to the northwest of the project site with the North Saskatchewan River valley.
Reductions in NOx and SOx
The Partnership has selected low NOx (nitrogen oxide) burners throughout its processes, significantly reducing the amount of NOx, an air pollutant, produced during combustion.
The Partnership produces significantly fewer air pollutants such as (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) than would be produced by combustion of its residual oils. Small particulate matter present in the gas after oxidizing is removed by water washing, filtered out, and marketed so that it never becomes a stack emission.
Our sulphur recovery will significantly reduce SOx (sulphur oxide) emissions. Additionally, we have been active participants in the Alberta Government’s Air Working Group, which offers advice on how to manage NOx and SOx emissions from existing or proposed industrial facilities. The Partnership will also contribute significantly to the purchase and operation of air quality monitoring equipment for the Fort Air Partnership, a non-partisan air quality monitoring body.