Stantec lands $30 million contract for commercial scale carbon capture facility

Engineering firm to play key role in development of SaskPower Boundary Dam project.

Comments Off on Stantec lands $30 million contract for commercial scale carbon capture facility July 19, 2011
by Design Engineering Staff

SaskPower has chosen Stantec to provide engineering consulting services during the design and construction of the Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project, worth approximately $30 million.

The engineering company will serve as SaskPower’s primary consulting engineer on the $1.24 billion project, which will be among the first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage facilities in the world when it begins operations in 2014.

Stantec is one of several major firms involved in the Boundary Dam project, which will see Unit 3 at Boundary Dam Power Station rebuilt and equipped with a fully-integrated carbon capture system that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking more than 250,000 vehicles off Saskatchewan roads each year.

SaskPower approved the Boundary Dam project earlier this year and construction began in April. The new generating unit at Boundary Dam will have the capacity to produce 110 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Carbon dioxide (CO2) captured at Boundary Dam will be sold for enhanced oil recovery operations. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) will also be captured and sold to manufacturers of sulfuric acid.

Boundary Dam Power Station is SaskPower’s largest generating facility, with six units and a combined generating capacity of 824 MW. The company’s three coal-fired power plants account for approximately 50 per cent of its generating capacity of 3,513 MW. SaskPower has a total available generating capacity of 3,982 MW when the production of independent power producers is taken into account.