The world’s first large-scale power station with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is to be unveiled in Canada.
SaskPower retrofitted the $1.4 billion Boundary Dam coal-fired plant in Saskatchewan which has a 110MW capacity and can trap around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
The captured CO2 will be injected into nearby oilfields and sold to the industry for use in enhanced oil recovery.
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA) said the “experience from this project will be critically important”.
She added: “CCS is the only known technology that will enable us to continue to use fossil fuels and also de-carbonise the energy sector. As fossil fuel consumption is expected to continue for decades, deployment of CCS is essential.”
The IEA believes CCS will have a to play a central role in a climate-friendly future energy scenario, accounting for one-sixth of required emissions reductions by 2050.