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SaskPower recently said that its carbon capture facility at one coal-fired power plant managed to capture 800,000 tonnes of CO2 in a single year.
The Crown utility said as part of a news release about their facility operating for 85% of the time in the year and in the last 6 months of the year, it was operating at 100% all of the time.
Mike Marsh, the CEO of SaskPower said that the facility had eliminated emissions which are as good as getting 200,000 vehicles off the road over the last year.
The carbon capture facility worth $1.5 billion is located near Estevan. It was opened back in October 2014.
It faced a number of mechanical and technical problems and operated for just 45% of the time during its initial year of operation. SaskPower was forced to pay penalties worth $12 million in 2014 and penalties worth $7.3 million in 2015 to energy companies for not being able to deliver sufficient captured CO2.
Marsh said it is normal for energy plants to have trouble initially and work out the kinks over the first year. He added that their captured CO2 sales for this year have been offsetting these penalties.
The Boundary Dam had been down for a number of days in February, and its productivity had been reduced. The carbon-capture process was operating at just 67% for that month. The beginning of this year was a lot better for this project as it was able to meet its reliability target for operating for 85% of the time. It managed to capture greater than 80,000 tonnes of CO2 during this time.
Despite being criticized by the NDP constantly, the plant should be able to salvage what they can in the form of returns for ratepayers in Saskatchewan. The NDP had earlier got themselves into a sort of hole since they were quite opposed to this from the very beginning.