Shell Cansolv no longer at test facility

Shell Cansolv has wrapped up its work at the carbon capture test facility in the Shand Power Station.

According to Shell Cansolv, it has been working with SaskPower to test new improvements on the Cansolv technology at the test facility, with the aim to apply findings. Cansolv says it will be available to consult with SaskPower and support their products in use at the CCS plant.

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Joel Cherry, who is a consultant for media relations and issues management with SaskPower, said Shell Cansolv was testing amine degradation issues facing CCS technology

Amine is the chemical used to remove carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide from the emissions generated through coal-fired generation.

“The way I’ve heard it described is it’s kind of like changing the oil in a car,” said Cherry. “Amine can only be used for so long before it needs to be replaced. So when we go through the process of stripping the carbon dioxide and the sulfur dioxide, it degrades somewhat, and what was happening was it was degrading more quickly than what we expected.”

SaskPower is not currently soliciting new tenants for the test facility, but if another tenant wants to move in once Cansolv is finished, they would be welcome to it. Cherry said it could be a company that approaches SaskPower to use the facility, or if the Carbon Capture Knowledge Centre refers them.

SaskPower’s test facility utilizes a “plug-and-play” system, meaning the technology that was tested by the former tenant has now been removed and the new equipment and chemistry to be tested by Shell is being added into the facility for testing.

The facility utilizes a “plug-and-play” system, meaning the technology that was tested by the former tenant has now been removed and the new equipment and chemistry to be tested by Shell is being added into the facility for testing.

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