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Saskatchewan launches carbon-capture project

C$1.24bn ($1.3bn) allocated for Boundary Creek power station

THE CANADIAN province of Saskatchewan has approved a C$1.24bn ($1.3bn) carbon-capture and storage project, backed by C$240m of Canadian government money. The commercial operation will transform an ageing coal-fired power-generating unit at Boundary Creek, near Estevan, in southeastern Saskatchewan. Construction is under way and the new unit will start operations in 2014.

The government estimates the project will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 1m tonnes a year, while providing carbon dioxide to rebuild reservoir pressures at enhanced-oil recovery projects. Provincial cabinet minister Rob Norris said the objective is to “forge an environmentally sustainable path for the production of coal-fired electricity”. He said the government is aiming for a “greener future” by adding wind power and other renewable-energy options, such as biomass.

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