SaskPower, Hitachi to develop carbon capture test facility
SASKATOON, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – SaskPower and Hitachi Ltd. are
partnering to construct a $60 million carbon capture test facility
(CCTF) at SaskPower’s Shand Power Station in southeastern Saskatchewan.
The CCTF will allow international developers to fully evaluate
performance of their systems to capture carbon dioxide emissions from
coal-fired thermal power plants.
“This announcement is a double win for the province. Providing a testing
facility for these advanced technologies means Saskatchewan will remain
a world leader when it comes to carbon capture, and also supports
Hitachi’s substantial manufacturing capacity right here in
Saskatchewan,” said Rob Norris, Minister responsible for SaskPower.
“Joining with Hitachi on the CCTF continues a long-standing partnership
that dates back to the 1970s. This project is critical because it will
help ensure that low-emission coal-fired generation remains an integral
part of SaskPower’s system for years to come,” said Robert Watson,
President and CEO, SaskPower.
SaskPower and Hitachi will each contribute approximately $30 million to
the CCTF, with SaskPower acting as owner/operator. Construction will
begin in late 2012 or early 2013, with a scheduled completion date of
summer 2014. Hitachi will supply their skilled process development
team, as well as core process equipment from their Saskatoon
Hitachi’s proprietary amine technology will be the first technology
tested at the CCTF. SaskPower expects to evaluate a number of current
and emerging carbon capture technologies over the life of the facility.
The CCTF has been built to accommodate a wide range of test
configurations, ensuring it remain a viable facility for many years.
In addition to the CCTF, SaskPower will be among the first electric
utilities in the world to operate a commercial-scale power plant with a
fully-integrated carbon capture and storage operating system. The $1.24
billion project to rebuild a coal-fired unit at the Boundary Dam Power
Station and equip it with a fully-integrated carbon capture system will
allow for the generation of low-emission electricity and the capture of
carbon dioxide for oil extraction.
SaskPower serves almost 482,000 customers and manages $6.3 billion in
assets. We operate three coal-fired power stations, seven hydroelectric
stations, six natural gas stations and two wind facilities with an
aggregate generating capacity of 3,513 megawatts (MW). Power purchase
agreements bring total available generating capacity to 4,094 MW.
SaskPower maintains more than 152,000 kilometres of power lines, 55
high voltage switching stations and 186 distribution substations.