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10th international carbon capture summer school hits Saskatchewan


July 18, 2016
By Renée Francoeur


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July 18, 2016 – This week SaskPower is welcoming 50 students from around the world for the 10th edition of the CCS Summer School in Regina, organized by the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme (IEAGHG). Coming from 17 countries, the graduate and post-graduate students are visiting Saskatchewan’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives and discussing the future of the technology.

“It’s an honour to have the IEAGHG celebrating the 10th anniversary of this initiative with us,” said SaskPower president and CEO Mike Marsh. “We believe that carbon capture and storage technologies are part of a lower-carbon future for Saskatchewan and the world. We will continue to host the greatest minds in the field and in the process continue making CCS more efficient and applicable for power production and beyond.”

Presentations and discussion groups led by international experts in the field of CCS are underway from now until Friday and the students will also do their own CCS research, according to SaskPower, followed up by group presentations to their peers at the end of the week.

“It is very exciting for us at IEAGHG to bring our summer school and these international students to SaskPower and Saskatchewan because of the Boundary Dam CCS project and the centre of expertise that is being created here,” said IEAGHG manager of CCS and regulatory affairs Tim Dixon. “These students will be the future decision-makers, and they will take the learnings and messages from this summer school with them around the world.”

The International CCS Knowledge Centre, an initiative of BHP Billiton and SaskPower, is a sponsor of this year’s summer school. The centre, located in Regina helps to accelerate the global development and application of CCS in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enhancing global access to the data, information and lessons learned from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam carbon capture facility.