U.S. Senator tours Saskatchewan carbon capture project

U.S. Senator visits SaskPower’s Boundary Dam to tour state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage project in Saskatchewan. File / Global News

ESTEVAN, Sask. – North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp toured the carbon capture and storage facility at SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Project near Estevan, Sask. on Thursday.

Heitkamp discussed North Dakota and Canadian energy development with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall during her visit.

“When I met with Senator Heitkamp in Washington back in March, she expressed a great deal of interest in the Boundary Dam Project,” said Wall.

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam plant will be world’s largest coal-fired power station with a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system.

“Canada has invested in carbon capture and storage technologies by developing public-private partnerships between the national and provincial governments, and utilities to find a way to continue to using an inexpensive and abundant source of energy,” said Heitkamp.

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“This is an example of what we should be doing more of in the United States when it comes to making sure there is a future for coal-fired power in our energy mix,”

The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project is expected to cut CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent or approximately one million tonnes annually.

Captured carbon dioxide will be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored deep underground in a saline solution at the Petroleum Technology Research Centre’s Aquistore Project.

“This project is a great example of just how serious Canada and Saskatchewan are when it comes to controlling greenhouse gas emissions,” said Wall.

The project is on schedule to begin commercial operations next April.

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