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Unit 3 has started to produce power

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SaskPower has reached another milestone for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Boundary Dam Power Station.

Unit 3 temporarily went online, and started producing power, on June 19. But the testing phase is ongoing, according to SaskPower president Robert Watson.

“We have a very formal and quite a detailed process for bringing on a turbine, especially this turbine, since it is the first in the world,” said Watson.

Hitachi is controlling the commissioning process for the turbine, he said.

As for the boiler, it is continually being tested, as SaskPower will intermittently put it on-line, and then take it offline for more testing.

“We're really happy with the progress, but we're not calling it a completion just yet,” said Watson.

The process of putting Unit 3 online, and taking it offline, will continue into the summer, Watson said.

The capture island is moving along well. Watson said it was important to get the Unit 3 turbine spinning so that they can continue with the commissioning work with the capture island.

“There doesn't seem to be any major problems with that as we go,” said Watson. “Certainly our capital expenditures have pretty well been finished, and we really are in the phase of inspections, testing and certification, and commissioning on the project.”

The capture island is nearing the end of its commissioning phase, Watson said.

SaskPower won't fully integrate the components into their operations until they are fully operating, he said. The Crown corporation is still looking to bring the entire project online at some point in the summer.

Watson noted that there have been more than 4 1/2 million man hours without a lost time injury during the CCS project, and that's a source of pride for SaskPower and the project's contractors.

A grand opening is slated to take place in late September or early October, in conjunction with a symposium on CCS technologies. About 15 countries will be represented at the event, Watson said.

 


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