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Saturday, November 23 2019 - 01:00
World First in CCS Reaches 3Mt Milestone
REGINA, Saskatchewan, Nov. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

SaskPower's Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility (BD3) recently surpassed three million 
tonnes (3Mt) of captured carbon dioxide (CO2). This demonstrates that as a 
first mover in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology it continues to 
achieve, improve and make a steady impact in reducing and storing CO2 emissions.

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BD3 has the honour of being a first in the world - which means that it has not 
only pioneered the implementation of the technology but the willingness to be 
on the forefront of learning and adaptation.  Within five years since it's 
opening it has made the 3Mt milestone and the capture plant has also performed 
with successive improved reliability and a steady increase to the daily CO2 
capture rate.

The International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) is often sought after 
for its ability to share the substantial lessons learned in CCS. BD3 is a 
testament to learning comes from doing. The Knowledge Centre was designated by 
its founders, SaskPower and BHP, to share the rich expertise from BD3 with the 
world - due to CCS's pivotal role to significantly mitigate greenhouse gas 
emissions (GHGs).

Setting a precedent in large-scale carbon capture, BD3 was the foundation for 
the Knowledge Centre's second-generation CCS study, the Shand CCS Feasibility 
Study. This study revealed capital costs for the next plant to be 67% cheaper 
per tonne of CO2 captured and a capture rate able to reach up to 97% at reduced 
load while the plant is integrating with renewable electricity supplies. The 
Knowledge Centre is now extending these learnings to industry source emissions.

Indeed, the world continues to seek understanding and the practical application 
resulting from BD3's learnings. Following a tour of the plant in May 2019, 
COP24 President, Michael Kurtyka told the media, "I am here because of the 
leadership role this country (Canada) and this region (Saskatchewan) is playing 
on the international scene. You are leaders in the world.  All that you bring 
to the table internationally is extremely important."


"We congratulate SaskPower's Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility on capturing 3 million 
tonnes of carbon dioxide since commencing operations in 2014. This significant 
milestone clearly demonstrates the viability of CCS technology in delivering 
clean sustainable energy from coal.  BD3 is showing the path forward for the 
integration of large-scale CCS technologies with power generation. The lessons 
learned from its experience are vital for the successful application of CCS 
technologies across the world and even beyond power generation into industrial 
sectors such as steel and cement."

- David Byers, Chief Executive Officer, CO2CRC

Quick Facts & Links

Large-scale CCS in Canada

    -- Large-scale CCS has meant that over 43Mt on CO2 has been safely and 
       permanently stored in Canada and therefore prevented from entering the 
    -- Large-scale CCS projects in Canada include: 
       -- SaskPower's BD3 CCS ( )
       -- Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring & Storage   
          ( ) Project 
       -- Aquistore ( )  
          CO2 Storage Project 
       -- Quest CCS 
-storage-project.html ) Facility 
       -- Alberta Carbon Trunk Line ( )

Climate Change

    -- At no point in history were levels of CO2 concentrations as high or 
       increasing as fast as it is now in modern day - Keeling Curve: A Daily 
       Record of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide  
       ( ) (Scripps Institution
       of Oceanography, UC San Diego) 
    -- CCS is considered essential in three of the four pathways to keep 
       global warming within 1.5oC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
       Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius ( ) 
    -- Most of the world can't meet emissions targets without CCS - and for 
       those that can, the median increase in mitigation cost is 138% - 
       Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: IPCC AR5 2014 

CCS Links
    -- IEA GHG: What is CCS? ( ) 
    -- 2nd Generation CCS - The Shand Study 
       ( )  
    -- Learning By Doing - Cost Reduction Potential for CCUS at Coal-fired 
       Power Plants

    -- Global CCS Institute: CCS Readiness Index 
bal-progress-towards-wide-scale-deployment&a=CCS+Readiness+Index )

About the International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre): Operating 
since 2016 under the direction of an independent board, the Knowledge Centre 
was established by BHP and SaskPower with a mandate to advance the global 
understanding and deployment of large-scale CCS to reduce global GHG emissions. 
The Knowledge Centre provides the know-how to implement large-scale CCS 
projects as well as CCS optimization through the base learnings from both the 
fully-integrated Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility and the comprehensive 
second-generation CCS study, known as the Shand Study.  For more info:  

#ClimateAction    #CleanTech    #CCUS    #CCS    #BoundaryDam

For further information: Media Contacts: International CCS Knowledge Centre: 
Jodi Woollam, Head of Communications & Media Relations,, T: +1-306-565-5956 / M: +1-306-520-3710;, Twitter: @CCSKnowledge, 198 - 10 Research Drive Regina, SK 
S4S 7J7 Canada

SOURCE  International CCS Knowledge Centre