I must print a “correction” to my piece in April when I reported that the SaskPower CCS plant was on time and online.
The plant went online late last month, two seasons after it was scheduled, to deal with an apparently surprise asbestos attack.
While the final costs are still being calculated, Mr. Watson acknowledged the project is over budget. Last fall, that overage was pegged at $115-million, or 9 per cent.
“The project aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes annually, which amounts to about 90 per cent of the emissions from the plant.”
I’m frankly surprised this went online at all. Romney’s claim that the US needs more “clean coal” is really hilarious in light of this news of the first clean coal plant being built in Canada years later. Too bad the $1,400,000,000 was spent on CCS instead of solar panels and windmills. Now that the money has been spent though, let’s hope it isn’t a complete waste.
Here’s an interesting set of comments, one from some “guy”:
“The statement that “SaskPower has plans to sell the liquefied CO2 to the oil industry” is misleading. SaskPower has had a contract with Cenovus Energy to sell them the CO2 since the project was approved. There is no “storage” of the CO2 – they sell it to Cenovus to be used in CO2 Assisted Enhanced Oil Recovery. There has been a shortage of CO2 in the oil industry for years and that is what is driving this technology, not climate change. It’s a $240M federal subsidy to the oil industry, and our power bills increased because of it. One of the people attending this international conference has actually admitted to me the terms “storage” or “sequestration” are for, as he put it, “public relations.” We sent a man to the moon in the ’60s but we can’t figure out large scale clean energy in the 21st century. ”
@guy the CO2 is/was likely to be used for fracking…. However the frackers have switched from C02 to liquid Nitrogen. Should be interesting seeing the future of this project.”