The Carbon Capture and Storage Facility at Boundary Dam has reached a major milestone by capturing over 2 million tonnes of CO2.
"Since we started up operations in October of 2014," shares SaskPower spokesperson, Jonathan Tremblay, "that's 2 million tonnes of CO2 that would have otherwise gone into the atmosphere. That's exciting on our end."
"It's the equivalent of half a million vehicles taken off our road. So it's really showing it's not a math exercise on paper, it's a concrete impact on our environmental footprint."
"And this is relatively on a small scale for the entire planet but being the first of it's kind it's still leading the way. We're still touring international visitors through our process, speaking with a lot of them, communicating with projects around the world. There are around 35 different CCS projects in the planning stages or up and running around the world. It's exciting to see some traction there for a technology that the UN is still calling essential if we are going to keep within our climate change targets."
SaskPower is also committed to using other, renewable sources of energy, combined with clean coal to provide electricity to Saskatchewan.
"It's really about a mix of generation sources. We need to keep the lights on 24/7, keep the power affordable, but also keep it environmentally sustainable and that's also why we're going to push our renewable part of our power generation to 50% by 2030. And also working on a way we can make the other fossil fuels sources more environmentally friendly."
"There is still room for improvement in the efficiency and reliability. We've made large strides since our first year of operations. We've learned a lot. We applied a lot of fixed last summer during a maintenance period which improved our reliability. We're still seeing opportunities to improve on the chemistry side, notably at the process of the centre of CCS so those are all things we will be working on in the coming year."