CCS is just around the corner

The Richmond Times Dispatch says it is, so it must be true.  The Saskpower Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project, a $1.2-$1.4 billion project is scheduled to come on line this year according to the Times Dispatch..  The unit captures, compresses and injects liquid CO2 about 2,200 meters below ground.  The CO2 has been sold for oil recovery. The writers believe that CCS is just around the corner but do notice that natural gas might be a less expensive power plant.  From the description the CCS is about $11 billion/gigawatt.  Maybe the next one won’t be quite as much.  The project also reduces the Unit 3 output from 130 MW to 110 MW, an approximately 15% reduction in output. I’m not sure if this is a modification or the estimated processing and compression costs, which weren’t mentioned.

Sounds more like a pipe dream.  Working CCS plants are quite rare and this one is a expensive science fair project.

5 responses to “CCS is just around the corner

  1. They originally meant the band but the two topics got conflated.

  2. “CCS” – the ‘s’ stand for “scheme”. What a load of bravo sierra brought to you by the populist buffoons infesting modern society with their idiotic crises that “must” be attended to “immediately” or “we’re all gonna die; DIE! I tell ya!”

  3. Liquid CO2? Depends on temperature. Above a certain point, gas only. At any pressure. At room temp, liquifies at about 900 psi. So, a potential bomb. If it escapes, “we’re all gonna die” at least in the immediate area.
    I really doubt they can do this at a 15% energy premium. Other studies (reference needed) show closer to 100%. Which would certainly “bankrupt” anyone who tried.

  4. The same people who condemn fracking to help people obtain cheap energy now want us to spend huge sums of money to inject enormous amounts of CO2 underground.
    And when the CO2 leaks or explodes, they will blame industry and seek more governmental control. Maybe that is the plan.

  5. “Using a technology called carbon capture and storage, it is possible to burn coal, remove the CO2 and sequester it deep underground, experts say.”

    Hey, they’ve got experts. You can’t argue with experts.

    Liquid CO2 underground in “impermeable” rock. That should be a good test of whether it is in fact “impermeable.” Imagine spending a billion dollars to stick it down there, then finding out, oh, it’s not impermeable. I can hear it now, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

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