The International CCS Knowledge Centre (the “Knowledge Centre”) was established in 2016 as an initiative of BHP and SaskPower with the goal of accelerating the global development of CCS technology by sharing access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 facility and by incorporating the knowledge and experience from CCS projects elsewhere in the world. By sharing knowledge, the aim of the Knowledge Centre is to advance the understanding and application of CCS as a means of reducing global GHG emissions. This is expected to help promote research and reduce the cost and risk associated with new CCS projects around the world.

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 began operation on 2 October 2014 as the world’s first commercial scale coal fired power plant incorporating amine solvent absorption carbon capture. To this day, it remains the only fully-integrated commercial scale CCS plant on a coal fired power plant. The operation overcame technological and mechanical issues to demonstrate that CCS can be deployed on a commercial scale.

BHP, a leading global diversified resources company, is committed to reducing global emissions. BHP has stated that it accepts the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) assessment of climate change science that warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable.  

BHP believes much more investment and many more CCS projects are needed to bring down the cost of technology and accelerate its deployment. The Company’s goal is that a multiplier effect can emerge by making relevant information from Boundary Dam more widely available, and by providing a forum for collaborative research and the sharing of knowledge, thus promoting CCS investment around the world.