Natural Resources Canada, the Mexican Ministry of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Energy have released the North American Carbon Storage Atlas (NACSA), which provides a coordinated overview of carbon capture and storage (CCS) potential across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The atlas, which was produced under the leadership of the North American Carbon Atlas Partnership, is available online along with an online map viewer that provides interactive display and analysis of the emissions and storage data.
The atlas identifies potential carbon dioxide storage reservoirs and estimates for storing CO2 in those reservoirs. The atlas will be particularly useful for storing CO2 in cross-border reservoirs, the agencies said. There are at least 500 years and up to 5,000 years of CO2 geological storage space available in reservoirs in North America, based on current emissions rates, the agencies said. The atlas is intended to provide carbon capture and storage project developers with a starting point for further investigations.
“By identifying North American geological formations with large CO2 storage potential, this new atlas provides the kind of fundamental information that, combined with technology innovation, can help fossil-fuelled facilities continue their essential energy role while reducing carbon pollution,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.