9.0 Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge generated by the Project was of global interest, particularly with respect to technical findings, the identification and management of risks in such projects, the development and acceleration of regulatory frameworks for CCS, and the understanding of the economics associated with large commercial-scale CCS projects. Those involved in the Project recognized that global knowledge transference amongst CCS projects would help in addressing common challenges and allow for successes to be repeated.

Knowledge sharing had mutual value for the Project, as it was bidirectional: Project partners learned through incoming knowledge from other sources, as well as being able to share outgoing knowledge with others, including other CCS projects and academics. The Project's leadership felt quite strongly that there was a direct link between what and how much the Project shared, and what and how much knowledge was received, in return.

Knowledge transfer was facilitated by the openness of participants involved in CCS in general and in Pioneer in particular, driven by the consortium philosophy and expectations from the partners that knowledge and experience generated by such emerging and prototype projects would accelerate the development of CCS as well as potentially drive down costs of such projects. Significant collaboration occurred and continues to occur amongst Canadian projects and organizations, as well as global collaborations.

Other projects which developed similar roles were Longannet Power Plant in Fife, UK, led by Scottish Power, as well as the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line being planned by Canada's Enhance Energy, and the Shell Quest project in northern Alberta.

Project Pioneer's Knowledge Transfer Specialist worked to build knowledge and relationships with CCS proponents both globally and locally, including with the GCCSI in Australia and with Alberta Energy and Natural Resources Canada. The role was an important part of establishing connections and facilitating some key relationships for the Project, as well as acting as a designated point of contact for information exchanges.