The carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station has reached another milestone, as it has now captured more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) 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 Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskPower. “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 Mike Marsh, the president and CEO for SaskPower. “BD3 (Boundary Dam Unit 3) 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 is one of the initiatives the Crown 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.
SaskPower claims the strategy will reduce SaskPower’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent from 2005 levels, by 2030.