REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province has game-changing carbon capture technology and he’s trying to sell the idea to the world.
Wall spoke today at an annual carbon capture conference in Pittsburgh.
The premier says there was keen interest in a project at the Boundary Dam power station near Estevan.
The plan there is to capture up to 90 per cent of CO2 emissions.
Most of the CO2 captured from Boundary is to be used to push more oil out of the ground in what’s called enhanced oil recovery.
Wall says Saskatchewan wants to sell the technology and some – quote – “large players” at the conference are interested.
Carbon capture involves gathering carbon dioxide from power plants and injecting it deep into porous rock formations so it doesn’t add to greenhouse gas emissions.
Jurisdictions such as Saskatchewan that depend heavily on coal-fired power plants are relying on carbon capture and storage to work. The province plans to reduce 2006 levels of greenhouse gases by 20 per cent by 2020.
Read the release from gov.sk.ca:
PREMIER WALL TELLS SASKATCHEWAN STORY AT MAJOR U.S. CARBON CAPTURE MEETING
Premier Lead-Off Speaker at 12th Annual CCUS, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will be the lead-off speaker at the 12th Annual Carbon Capture Utilization and Sequestration Conference in Pittsburgh, May 14.
“Saskatchewan is an energy powerhouse and a major player in the field of carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery, thanks to the hard work of SaskPower, the Petroleum Technology and Research Centre and many others,” Wall said. “With significant help from the federal government, we’re investing $1.24 billion to build the world’s first and largest post-combustion commercial-scale clean coal, carbon capture and storage project; a project that is on time and on budget.”
The conference is being held in co-operation with a number of leading groups, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the United States, Carnegie Mellon University and the North American Carbon Capture and Storage Association.
More than three hundred scientific and technical papers will be presented by scientists from all over the world.
“Coal is at the very least a transitional source of energy that will be with us for some time,” Wall said. “Saskatchewan technology is a potential game changer in terms of worldwide GHG reductions.”