SaskPower in final pre-operation stages for CO2 capture project

SaskPower, K-Coal Canada Co. Ltd., and Chugai-technos have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding a leading-edge ground CO2 monitoring system on carbon capture and storage.

In April 2014, SaskPower, a Canadian utility, will begin to store a portion of the CO2 captured from the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project near Estevan, Saskatchewan.

“There’s great interest in SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage project from around the world, and today’s MOU signing is more evidence of that,” said Robert Watson, SaskPower President and CEO, in a Sept. 30 statement. Watson noted that SaskPower and the provincial government have hosted dozens of national and international tour groups at the coal-fired Boundary Dam site this year alone.

SaskPower, the Saskatchewan provincial government, and the federal government of Canada have invested C$1.24bn to rebuild Boundary Dam Power Station Unit 3 for integration with the newly constructed carbon capture facility. This facility will capture approximately 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which will be sold to Cenovus Energy, a Canadian oil company. Any surplus tonnage of the captured CO2 will be injected into a saline aquifer nearby.

Chugai Technos’ future role in the carbon capture and storage area is to establish the world’s first monitoring system that allows access to the condition of the ground CO2 concentration at a carbon capture storage site. Prototypes of a CO2 ground leakage monitoring system provided by Chugai Technos are going to be deployed at several locations on site.

The monitoring system will provide stability, cost effectiveness, higher reliability, feasibility of continuous measurement on a large scale, and user accessibility, which is a benefit to support the public acceptance of carbon capture and storage technology, SaskPower noted.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.