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BD3 Status Update: October 2017

This past month, the carbon capture and storage facility at Boundary Dam Power Station performed efficiently. At 85,375 tonnes captured, this is  the highest performing month since the process came online in October 2014. Those captured emissions are the equivalent taking approximately 21,300 vehicles off Saskatchewan roads. Since operations began, the process has captured and […]

BD3 Status Update: September 2017

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) facility at Boundary Dam Power Station resumed commercial operations on September 2. Since that time, the CCS facility has been operating continually with an availability of 94 per cent for the month of September. In that time, the facility captured 71,878 tonnes of carbon dioxide for a total of 1,668,878 […]

BD3 Status Update: August 2017

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) facility at Boundary Dam Power Station was offline for the month of August. This was due to an extension of the previously communicated planned outage at the carbon capture facility. The extra time was required to complete the installation of new coolers on the CO2 compressor used on site.  […]

5 Questions with Corwyn Bruce on SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3

We sat down with Corwyn Bruce, Manager of Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives at SaskPower, for an update on Boundary Dam 3.   What work is currently going on at the Carbon Capture Facility at Boundary Dam? On May 29, Boundary Dam 3 went offline for its second scheduled maintenance overhaul since it was first […]

BD3 Status Update: July 2017

The previously communicated planned outage at the carbon capture facility is continuing. Additional work included replacing packing in the stripper tower and work to repair vibration issues on the CO2 compressor. The capture facility will be brought back online and resume normal operations once work is complete. Other work completed during the outage included upgraded measurement […]

BD3 Status Update: June 2017

As previously communicated, there was a planned outage during the entire month of June to address regularly scheduled maintenance at the Boundary Dam 3 power unit as well as the carbon capture facility. The work included cleaning and inspecting the carbon capture facility and applying a number of new technical and mechanical fixes that will […]

BD3 Status Update: May 2017

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) facility at Boundary Dam Power Station was online for 91% of the month of May. The capture plant experienced two short outages during the month, and was brought down in preparation for the June shutdown on May 29. The facility captured more than 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, contributing […]

BD3 Status Update: April 2017

The Carbon Capture and Storage facility at Boundary Dam Power Station was online for 97% of the month of April, going offline for less than a day to address ash buildup in the power plant’s boiler. The facility captured 56,809 tonnes of carbon dioxide, contributing to the 1,530,368 tonnes captured since inception. In mid-April, SaskPower […]

BD3 Status Update: March 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 […]

BD3 Status Update: February 2017

Due to a planned outage at the Boundary Dam Power Station CCS facility, the facility experienced lower than average performance during the month of February. In February, the facility captured over 21,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide while operating at 39 per cent of the month. As noted in January’s BD3 update, planned maintenance for routine […]

BD3 Status Update: January 2017

The CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station performed well in January, successfully capturing just over 63,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Since start-up, the CCS facility has captured and prevented over 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere. The facility was in operation 88 per cent of the month, and went […]

BD3 Status Update: December 2016

In December, the carbon capture process at Boundary Dam Power Station captured 58,569 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This completes the year with 792,533 tonnes captured in 2016 and 1,332,200 million tonnes captured and prevented from entering the atmosphere since operations began in October 2014. That’s the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from more than 330,000 vehicles. […]

BD3 Status Update: November 2016

In November, the CCS process at Boundary Dam Power Station underwent maintenance for six days.  In mid-November, we also experienced a compressor electrical failure in the power unit, which took it offline for several days. These two items had an overall impact on our monthly capture totals. Through the process, we were able to capture […]

BD3 Status Update: October 2016

In October, the process operated very reliably once again, capturing 82,355 tonnes of carbon dioxide during 100% of the hours in the month. This brings the total capture for 2016 to 686,700 tonnes, on track to capture 800,000 in 2016. The end of October also marked an important milestone, with the process having captured 800,000 […]

BD3 Status Update: September 2016

In September, the process operated very reliably (100 per cent of the hours in the month), capturing 77,111 tonnes of carbon dioxide for sale or permanent storage. This means it continues to be on track to capture a total of 800,000 tonnes in 2016. Since it began operations in Oct. 2014, the process has captured […]

BD3 Status Update: August 2016

The CCS process at Boundary Dam Power Station underwent maintenance in August. Early in the month, a minor electrical failure at the power unit kept the unit off line, which meant no flue gas was available to the carbon capture facility for several days. This is not unusual for power units, but it did impact […]

BD3 Status Update: July 2016

The CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station performed well in July. It successfully captured 76,546 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while operating nearly 100 per cent of the hours in the month, slowing down for 15 minutes near the end of the month. This means the carbon capture unit has surpassed the capture of a […]

BD3 Status Update: June 2016

The CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station performed relatively well in June. It successfully captured 62,361 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The facility needed to be taken down on separate occasions due to issues with the chemistry of the capture process. The chemical compound used at the core of the CCS process (amine) is affected […]

BD3 Status Update: May 2016

The CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station was taken down for scheduled maintenance in May after several months of continuous operation. The ten-day outage was used to inspect and clean various parts of the unit before bringing it back online. The facility captured 50,102 tonnes of carbon dioxide in May. This brings the 2016 […]

BD3 Status Update: April 2016

The CCS facility at Boundary Dam Power Station continued to perform at a high level in April.  Unit 3 captured 82,033 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and was online 100 per cent of the time in April.  This brings the total of CO2 captured in 2016 to just under 300,000 tonnes, or 75 per cent of […]

BD3 Status Update: March 2016

The carbon capture process performed as expected in March. It was operational for 100% of the hours in the month, exceeding our 85% reliability target, and it was operational 82 of the first 91 days of the year, primarily due to planned maintenance, for a 90% reliability factor in the first quarter of 2016. A […]

BD3 Status Update: February 2016

The carbon capture process was taken down in February to inspect many components and confirm that the equipment has been functioning properly. This was also an opportunity to clean the process equipment. The inspection was positive, and only revealed some minor items that were repaired. The carbon capture facility was down for seven days. Productivity […]

BD3 Status Update: January 2016

Last month, the CCS process operated as expected. In some months, routine maintenance and inspection is planned, and in other months such as January, the facility can be operated 100% of the time. Over a year, we expect the facility to be up and running approximately 85% of the time. Our 100% online achievement for […]

BD3 Status Update: December 2015

The carbon capture process continued to operate well in December. We brought the system offline to address a minor mechanical issue on the power plant side of the process. We took advantage of this down time to also execute a planned chemical cleaning of the carbon capture facility that we brought forward from January. The six-day cleaning (from Dec. 12-17) was completed […]

BD3 Status Update: November 2015

We’ve completed our scheduled maintenance on the process. This was an opportunity to replace certain parts that had technical or mechanical issues. This maintenance involved five main components: The regularly scheduled four-week outage for unit three (that every other power unit also undergoes); The replacement of the large containment vessel that holds the main chemical […]

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