3rd Post Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC3) & SaskPower CCS Symposium

3rd Post Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC3) & SaskPower CCS Symposium

8-11 September 2015 - Regina, Canada

The Conference opened with a welcome speech by Mike Monea, SaskPower’s President, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiatives. Mike Monea stated that the Boundary Dam project has exceeded expectations and is currently looking to proceed with optimised operation. The projects counts already a year of operation and numerous awards, including the most recent “2015 POWER Plant of the Year”.

In his keynote speech, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Program Manager for Carbon Capture, John Lytinski presented current DOE activities and showcased recently selected projects that are to receive funding. DOE’s funding program consists of two core research technology areas: (i) post-combustion and (ii) pre-combustion capture, as well as it supports CO2 compression efforts. John Lytinski continued stating that research and development efforts are advancing technologies that could provide step-change reductions in both cost and energy penalty compared to currently available technologies. The DOE official underlined the importance of demonstration plants for the development of CCS and the critical role that smaller projects (10-25 MWe) have to play towards successful demonstration.

The European CCS representatives such as Gassnova, Norway and Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), UK elaborated on their activities during technical sessions. Sharing 10 years of developments through CLIMIT,[1] Gassnova’s Jorild Svalestuen, confirmed Norway’s commitment for a full scale demo CCS project by 2020. PSE’s Adekola Lawal presented the Peterhead CCS project case study and the work they undertook to assess the whole chain of CCS operation procedures as part of the projects Front End Engineering and Design study.

More than 150 delegates attended the SaskPower CCS Symposium, adjacent to PCCC3. The Boundary Dam CCS project representatives described the stages SaskPower followed during 10 years of project development - preliminary studies to construction. Max Ball, the project’s Senior Advisor explained the choice of moving forward with coal instead of natural gas, due to volatile natural gas price. He also elaborated on the decision to proceed with post combustion capture technology being the one that has been closer to commercialisation and therefore most suitable for SaskPower power plant.

The power unit (unit 3) produces 120 MW net-base load electricity, where the attached capture facility reduces CO2 emissions by 90%. The resulting CO2 stream is more than 99.9% pure. Both capacity and CO2 purity levels are well beyond expected. Unit 3 was expected to generate 110 megawatts of power, but it is actually supplying 120 megawatts, while the purity of the CO2 was to be 95.5%. Once fully optimised the power unit will operate at an emissions level ten times cleaner than other coal units and four times cleaner than a natural gas unit of comparable size. Moving forward, SaskPower’s intention is to share their knowledge and expertise so that important CCS projects and research efforts can be identified and CCS develops worldwide.