Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

Press Releases

Aug 29 2013

Heitkamp Meets with Saskatchewan Premier, Visits Construction on World’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Station With Carbon Capture and Storage System

Saskatchewan Plant Will Include Carbon Capture and Storage System to Cut CO2 Emissions

ESTEVAN, SK – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today continued her push for an all-of-the-above U.S. energy policy during a visit to Saskatchewan, Canada to see a new, state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage site.

Heitkamp discussed North Dakota and Canadian energy development with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and also visited the SaskPower’s Boundary Dam plant, which will be the world’s largest coal-fired power station with a carbon capture and storage system.

“The innovative work being done in Saskatchewan is an example of the steps we can take in the U.S. to find a viable path forward for coal and coal-fired power,” said Heitkamp, who also recently spent three days in Alberta, Canada to strengthen energy ties. “Coal is a reliable, affordable energy source and a key part of any solution to North American energy independence and security. Canada has invested in carbon capture and storage technologies by developing public-private partnerships between the national and provincial governments, and utilities to find a way to continue to using an inexpensive and abundant source of energy. This is an example of what we should be doing more of in the United States when it comes to making sure there is a future for coal-fired power in our energy mix.”

The Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project is expected to cut CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent, approximately one million tonnes per year. The captured carbon will be used for enhanced oil recovery operations, permanently stored in underground oil reserves.

Last week in Alberta, Heitkamp viewed oil sand mine operations, visited with TransCanada Pipeline operations, and met with Ambassador of Canada to the U.S. Gary Doer as well as Alberta Premier. Heitkamp saw firsthand the province’s energy development and discussed North Dakota’s energy production.

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