BD3 Status Update: December 2018

January 11, 2019

Employees working inside the Carbon Capture facility.

The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) facility at Boundary Dam Power Station captured 70,395 tonnes of CO2 in December, which is the equivalent of taking 17,599 vehicles off the road. The facility was online 86.3 per cent of the month coming offline for 102 hours due to a boiler tube leak on Boundary Dam Unit 3. The CCS facility achieved a high capture rate including a peak one-day capture rate of 2,807 tonnes.

In 2018, the CCS facility captured a total of 625,996 tonnes -- a vast improvement compared to the previous year. The overall availability of the facility in 2018 was 69 per cent. However, if you exclude the days when the CCS facility was available but offline because of issues at the power plant (for example – the days when the power plant was down due to storm damage this summer) that increases to 94 per cent availability. This positive result can be attributed to the improvements made during the 2017 planned maintenance outage. Amine usage for 2018 was also lower compared to previous years.

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Boundary Dam 3 Status Update December 2018

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