SaskPower, Premier Brad Wall, K-Coal Canada Co. Ltd., and Chugai Technos have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Chugai's headquarters in Japan regarding a leading-edge ground carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring system for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The MOU is connected to the integrated CCS project that is currently under construction at the Boundary Dam Power Station southwest of Estevan.
“SaskPower’s project will be the world’s first commercially viable large-scale carbon capture and storage project at a coal-fired power station, and we expect that the performance and economic efficiency of carbon capture and storage technology will be verified by the MOU,” said Wall.
“There’s great interest in SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage project from around the world, and today’s MOU signing is more evidence of that,” said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson.
Watson noted that SaskPower and the provincial government have hosted dozens of national and international tour groups at the Boundary Dam site this year alone.
SaskPower, the provincial government and the Canadian government have invested $1.24 billion to rebuild Unit 3 at Boundary Dam for integration with the newly constructed carbon capture facility. This facility will capture approximately one million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which will be sold to Cenovus Energy, a Canadian oil company.
Any surplus tonnage of the captured CO2 will be injected into a saline aquifer nearby.
Chugai's future role in the carbon capture and storage area is to establish the world’s first monitoring system that allows access to the condition of the ground CO2 concentration at a carbon capture storage site. Prototypes of a CO2 ground leakage monitoring system provided by Chugai are going to be deployed at several locations on site.
The monitoring system will provide stability, cost effectiveness, higher reliability, feasibility of continuous measurement on a large scale, and user accessibility, which is a benefit to support the public acceptance of carbon capture and storage technology.