Saskatchewan

Brad Wall pitches carbon capture to large US firms

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says his province has game-changing carbon capture technology, something he hopes to market around the world.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says his province has game-changing carbon capture technology, something he hopes to market around the world.

Wall spoke Tuesday at an annual carbon capture conference in Pittsburgh.

The premier said he sensed interest in a government-sponsored project at the Boundary Dam power station near Estevan, Sask.

That project aims to capture up to 90 per cent of CO2 emissions.

Most of the CO2 captured from Boundary is to be used to push more oil out of the ground in what's called enhanced oil recovery.

Wall said Saskatchewan wants to sell the technology. He added there was interest at the conference.

Carbon capture — or sequestration — involves gathering carbon dioxide produced at power plants and injecting the gas deep into porous rock formations so it doesn't add to greenhouse gas emissions.

Jurisdictions such as Saskatchewan that depend heavily on coal-fired power plants are relying on carbon capture and storage to work.

The province plans to reduce 2006 levels of greenhouse gases by 20 per cent by 2020.

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