World’s first large-scale power station with C.C.S. commissioned in Canada

The commissioning of the power station equipped with C.C.S. was welcomed by the International Energy Agency, with its Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven saying that its launch is “a momentous point” in the history of the development of C.C.S.

The world’s first large-scale power station equipped with carbon capture storage, the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage project, began commissioning on October 2 of this year in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Utility Saskpower spent around$1.4 billion for a 110 megawatt retrofit of the Boundary Dam coal-fired power plant, equipping it with carbon-capture technology that will trap around 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly to reduce the carbon emission of the facility by 90 percent.

The captured carbon dioxide will be stored and sold to the oil industry for use in enhanced oil recovery, providing an additional revenue stream for the plant.

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The commissioning of the power station equipped with C.C.S. was welcomed by the International Energy Agency, with its Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven saying that its launch is “a momentous point” in the history of the development of C.C.S.

“C.C.S. is the only known technology that will enable us to continue to use fossil fuels and also de-carbonize the energy sector. As fossil fuel consumption is expected to continue for decades, deployment of C.C.S. is essential,” she added.

“Getting Boundary Dam up and running is a great example of how Canada is a leader in C.C.S. The experience from this project will be critically important. I wish the plant operator every success in showing the world that large-scale capture of carbon dioxide from a power station is needed not science fiction, but today’s reality,” Ms. Van der Hoeven explained.

The I.E.A. believes that C.C.S. will have to play a central role in a climate-friendly future energy scenario, accounting for one-sixth of required emissions reduction by 2050.

The agency’s analysis shows that without significant deployment of C.C.S., more than two-thirds of current proven fossil-fuel reserves cannot be commercialized before 2050 if the increase in global temperatures is to remain below 2 degrees Celsius. – EcoSeed Staff

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