International cooperation between CATO and Canada7 March 2012
On 6 March 2012, a memorandum of understanding was signed between TNO (as coordinator of the CATO-programme) and Canada to further the exchange of knowledge about carbon capture, transport and storage.
A delegation from the Canadian province Saskatchewan visited the Netherlands on 5 and 6 March. The Canadian delegation was headed by the Honorable Rob Norris (Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration) and included Dr. Malcolm Wilson (CEO of the Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre), Mr. Mike Monea (President of Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives with SaskPower) and Mr. Jerome Konecsni (CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan). March 6th saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding between CATO-2, the University of Utrecht, the PTRC and University of Regina at the head offices of TNO (the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) in Delft.
Collaboration on CCS
The agreement covers a wide variety of potential collaborations related to CCS, from exchange of graduate students and researchers, to sharing of research results and collaborative projects. "Linking the PTRC's world-class research into carbon storage and enhanced oil recovery with two organizations in Europe that offer potential solutions to major challenges in Saskatchewan in particular is a win-win situation for both Canadian and Dutch researchers," noted Dr. Wilson, "and of course the PTRC has a wealth of knowledge to share with our colleagues in Europe about the successful implementation of CCS projects."
Dr. Jan Brouwer of CATO-2 concurred. "Whereas climate skepticism seems to be the buzz-word nowadays, it is good to see that some countries take their responsibility and invest in technology development that will help us in the transition to a clean and sustainable society. I welcome the cooperation between PTRC and CATO and trust that the formalization of such cooperation through signing a memorandum of understanding will encourage interaction of, and be beneficial to, R&D communities in both countries."
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