Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SaskPower CCS Project Update

According to a Reuters report yesterday, the carbon capture project underway at Saskatchewan's SaskPower Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan is exptected to be completed by April 2014.  SaskPower is doing a $1.24 billion retrofit of the 45-year-old plant to capture one million tonnes a year of carbon dioxide as well as sulphur dioxide. When completed, the upgraded Boundary Dam will be the world's first coal-fired power plant with a commercial scale carbon capture component. SaskPower officials believe the addition of carbon capture will reduce the total power output of the plant by approximately 25 percent, according to Reuters. Officials also stated that the cost of retrofitting the plant, which will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 90 percent, was approximately the same as constructing a comparable plant powered by natural gas. SaskPower announced last month that it has agreed to sell the captured CO2 to Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy for use in enhaced oil recovery. Read more

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