The world’s largest carbon capture and storage project began today at a Canadian coal-fired power plant, reports Exploration World.
The project is expected to reduce the plant’s carbon emissions by up to 90 percent. After 4 years and an overhaul costing $1.21 billion, the carbon capture and storage (CCS) unit has been put in place at the Boundary Dam power plant in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The system was installed by SaskPower and is designed to reduce the plant’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million tons when it reaches full operating capacity.
Most of the remaining carbon will be bought by Canada’s second largest oil and gas producer, Cenovus Energy Inc., for use in enhanced oil recovery processes. Carbon dioxide is often used by oil and gas companies to extract oil from areas that were considered depleted.
Although the capture technology is new, it indicates a great leap in technological advancement. At a point in history where the global energy market is shifting and climate change dominates public dialogue, the CCS technology being implemented in Canada has become an endeavor closely watched by regulators and operators alike.