BD3 Status Update: March 2017
April 5, 2017
In March, the CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station was online 100 per cent of the time and captured 56,421 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Since inception, this facility has captured almost 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to the gas emissions of over 350,000 vehicles or over 300,000 Canadian coast to coast road trips.
SaskPower continues to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as it gains experience operating the facility. In the month of April, the installation of an activated carbon treatment full scale test, and the resumption of contracted amine thermal reclamation will address performance bottlenecks related to foaming and degradation. Optimizing the cost effective maintenance of the amine solution will remain the focus in the coming months, and will result in continued reduced CO2 capture rate up to the planned outage. The planned outage in June 2017, the first major outage since October 2015, will address normal maintenance issues as well as a number of modifications that will increase the operational efficiency and reliability of the plant.
The CCS facility is the cleanest fossil fuel power unit in all of Canada and is an essential part of SaskPower’s mission to reducing our impact on the environment. SaskPower will also manage its emissions through renewables. SaskPower plans to significantly increase the amount of renewable electricity in Saskatchewan’s generation mix from 25 per cent today to as must as 50 per cent by 2030. This will reduce SaskPower’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 per cent from the 2005 levels.