SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam carbon capture and storage project will not be ready on time because of design changes and retrofitting delays.

The $1.24 billion project was due to start operating in April 2014, capturing up to 1 million tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide (CO2) from unit 3 of the Boundary Dam coal-fired plant in Saskatchewan, Canada.

SaskPower says that the carbon capture facility is ready, according to local media, but there have been delays on the power plant side. The Crown Corporation has not given a revised start date for the project.

The CCS project will use post-combustion carbon capture with Cansolv chemical solvent and there are plans to use the captured CO2 for enhanced oil recovery under an offtake agreement with Cenovus.


The project will be among the first in the world to integrate capture and storage of CO2 from a power plant.

SaskPower says that the project is around 9% over budget, including $25 million for steel reinforcement in the building and boiler, $30 million to remove lead paint and asbestos, and $35 million for unforeseen engineering changes.

Sian Crampsie

Photo: SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Station