Energy & Power
SaskPower awarded 2015 Edison Award for CCS project
By Renée Francoeur
June 11, 2015 – SaskPower’s Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has won the 2015 Edison Award. The international award, given by the Edison Electric Institute, celebrates “distinguished leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electrical industry for the benefit of all.”
The Boundary Dam project will capture up to a million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, while providing electricity to approximately 100,000 Saskatchewan homes and businesses, according to SaskPower. That’s like taking 250,000 cars off Saskatchewan roads ever year, it added.
‟This honour belongs to everyone who has helped make environmentally sustainable coal power a reality,” SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said. “It belongs to SaskPower employees, to the many contracted companies that assisted on the project, and to the communities that supported us and continue to support our company’s mission for a power grid that is reliable, affordable and, especially, environmentally sustainable.”
This month will also see the inauguration of the SaskPower Carbon Capture Test Facility at Shand Power Station near Estevan. This facility will allow international vendors to test and develop their CCS technologies in Saskatchewan. The utility also recently celebrated the injection of carbon dioxide for permanent storage 3.4 km underground in a porous rock layer, through the Aquistore Project.