Below is a News Release issued by SaskPower on March 12, 2018.
SaskPower Carbon Capture and Storage Surpasses Two Million Tonne Mark
Captured carbon dioxide equivalent to 500,000 vehicles
Since operations began in October 2014, the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station has prevented a total of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
“With this milestone, the people of Saskatchewan can be proud that we are making a difference in a concrete way,” said Minister Responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan. “The United Nations has said that CCS is essential to addressing climate change, and Saskatchewan is a global leader. It’s a commitment to environmental sustainability that we are making to future generations.”
“It’s been an incredible opportunity to explore this groundbreaking technology as part of our power generating fleet,” said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. “BD3 continues to provide electricity to more than 100,000 of our customers. What’s more, it’s doing so with coal, and in a way that makes it one of the cleanest-burning fossil fuel units on Earth.’’
The Boundary Dam CCS project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is one of many initiatives the corporation is pursuing to keep up with the ever-growing demand for power in Saskatchewan. CCS is part of the company’s long-term strategy to keep growing with demand, while meeting environmental regulations and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The strategy will reduce SaskPower’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2005 levels, by 2030.
SaskPower continues to post full monthly updates from the Boundary Dam CCS process on www.saskpower.com/blog.