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 manufacturing facility.
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.