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Monea and Daverne recognized for contributions to coal

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(L-R) Lignite Energy Council vice-president of research and development Mike Jones, SaskPower clean coal technology manager Doug Daverne and Lignite Energy Council president and CEO John Dwyer participate in an award presentation for Daverne.

SaskPower’s Michael Monea and Doug Daverne were among the individuals honoured at the Lignite Energy Council’s 39th annual meeting in Bismarck, N.D., on October 3.

Monea is the president of carbon capture and storage initiatives, while Daverne is the manager of clean coal technology. They were saluted for their efforts to help SaskPower lead the way to make a viable case for the continued use of coal, specifically when it comes to capturing carbon dioxide.

SaskPower is in the midst of a carbon capture and storage retrofit of Unit 3 at the Boundary Dam Power Station.

Monea was appointed as the president of carbon capture and storage initiatives in September of last year. He had been the vice-president of SaskPower's integrated carbon capture and sequestration project since October 2008.

Prior to his role with SaskPower, Monea was senior vice-president with the Canada Capital Energy Corporation. He served as executive director of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) at the University of Regina and has held a number of other executive and technical positions in the oil and gas sector.

In 2008, he was appointed to the Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecture Program as an expert in carbon dioxide storage.

Daverne is responsible for coordinating the engineering activities on the carbon capture and storage project. The project comprises preliminary engineering, provisional contracting and licensing of a near zero emissions coal fired unit at Boundary Dam Unit 3. The project was originally initiated in January 2006 to look at new unit options, and more recently has focused on retro-fitting clean coal technology.

Doug holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Since graduating in 1990, he has been working for SaskPower in the design, construction and operation of generating equipment and facilities for SaskPower.

Prior to joining the project, Doug was a project leader in SaskPower’s Power Production, Engineering Services group. 

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project in Estevan is the world's first and largest commercial-scale project of its kind. The $1.24 billion project will retrofit Unit 3 at Boundary Dam to a newly built carbon capture facility.

This first-of-its-kind project will determine the technical, economic and environmental performance of carbon capture, utilization and storage technology. The facility is expected to be operational on March 31, 2014.

The Lignite Energy Council is a regional trade association representing regional lignite producers, electric utilities and businesses providing goods and services to the mines and plants. The lignite industry generates approximately $3 billion in gross business volume annually.


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