Abstract

The majority of the technology development for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) is driven by the electric utility industry, where the emphasis is on large centralized units for electric power generation with coal as the primary fuel. The implementation of CCS in oil sands operations has significant potential to provide meaningful carbon emissions reductions. This paper presents various concepts for integrating leading CO2 capture techniques to bitumen extraction and upgrading processes. The main carbon capture technologies are reviewed and their relative advantages and disadvantages for implementation in bitumen mining, thermal bitumen extraction, and upgrading are discussed, leading to a qualitative assessment of their suitability for each oil sands process.

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