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CCS “on the cusp” of widespread global deployment

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A new report published by the Global CCS Institute has found that carbon capture and storage is “on the cusp” of widespread deployment.

“CCS in the power sector is now a reality with the world’s first large-scale CCS project operating at Boundary Dam, Canada,” said Brad Page, CEO of the institute. “With eight major CCS projects anticipated to go live in a range of industries worldwide by 2016, this low-carbon technology is reaching the critical mass necessary for widespread deployment.”

According to the annual “Global Status of CCS: 2014” report, there are now 22 projects in construction or operation worldwide – a 50% increase since 2011. These are taking place in a range of sectors, including iron and steel, natural gas and power.

“These diverse and large-scale projects demonstrate that CCS is active, operational and viable,” continued Page. “We need to be clear that CCS is the only technology that can achieve large reductions of CO2 emissions from industries such as iron and steel, chemicals and cement, which together emit 20% of the world’s CO2. In fact, it is just as important to use CCS on industrial processes as in the electricity sector.”

Launched in October, SaskPower’s 110 MW Boundary Dam project is the world’s first commercial-scale CCS project, capturing 1 million tpa of CO2.

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