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SaskPower reaches CCS agreement in Europe

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Representatives from SaskPower and Vattenfall – a Swedish power company with significant operations in Germany – have reached agreement on carbon capture and storage (CCS) knowledge and technologies.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed April 8 in Berlin, and sets out the two parties’ intentions to explore opportunities for collaboration in order to advance their common interests concerning CCS.

Examples of such collaboration may include: mutual support for the development of CCS projects through technical exchange; informing and guiding the overall development of CCS infrastructure; and sharing CCS developments relating to health, safety and the environment.

"SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage project at Boundary Dam Power Station will be the first commercial post-combustion carbon capture system in the world," said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson.

"The project has created a unique opportunity to share practical yet groundbreaking knowledge with the global energy community. We’re very happy to have a partner like Vattenfall join us in building from this innovative work.”

"We see a need for CCS in the future, and we are very proud that the research results from our CCS pilot plant, Schwarze Pumpe, will contribute to the further development of the technology," said Vattenfall managing director of power plants Hubertus Altmann.

"SaskPower and Vattenfall are convinced that carbon capture and storage is an important technology to reduce global CO2 emissions to acceptable levels."

Vattenfall has gained significant previous experience in CCS technologies at a pilot scale through several demonstration projects in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The ceremony was organized with the help of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. The MOU will remain in effect for five years.


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