About the Power Carbon Capture & Storage Initiatives
Saskatchewan has an abundant supply of coal. Coal-fired generating units operate 24/7 and are a reliable form of electrical generation, but they produce 70 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the province. We have made progress in controlling a variety of emissions, including particulate matter, sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX) and mercury; however, carbon dioxide (CO2) remains a challenge.
To address this challenge, we are commissioning the world’s first commercial-scale coal-fired power station with a fully-integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) system
Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station, located near Estevan, Saskatchewan is being rebuilt with a state-of-the-art turbine and a fully-integrated carbon capture system capable of cutting CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent, or approximately one million tonnes a year. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 250,000 cars off Saskatchewan roads annually.
About the initiative
Established in 1929, SASK Power is Saskatchewan’s leading energy supplier. We are defined by our commitment to supporting economic growth and enhancing the quality of life in our province. SASK Power manages $6.3 Billion CAD in generation, transmission and distribution assets. Our company operates three coal-fired power stations, seven hydroelectric stations, six natural gas stations and two wind facilities. Combined, they generate 3,513 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
We are responsible for nearly 500,000 customers within Saskatchewan’s geographic area of approximately 651,000 square kilometres. About three customers are supplied per circuit kilometre. We maintain nearly 152,000 kilometres of power lines, 55 high voltage switching stations and 186 distribution substations.