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67 samThe second day of the prestigious GHGT-12 conference here in Austin is in full swing. The day started with a technical plenary session, with talks from Michael Monea (SaskPower) and Suk Yee from DECC in the UK.

Mike was so enthusiastic about the success of the SaskPower project, Boundary Dam, which has just opened in Saskatchewan, Canada, as a fully operational CCS project. He remarked that the plant itself is nearly ½ a century old, but has been transformed into the world’s first large-scale CCS project at a coal fired power plant. As Mike noted, “coal is NOT going away”, and we cannot get by without CCS. 

“It is operating better than we ever expected” – Mike Monea on Boundary Dam

Suk Yee gave an interesting and hugely informative talk on the work that the UK is doing to help and progress CCS, remarking that “CCS is a critical transformative technology” and noted that it’s key to work with developing countries. Suk Yee also noted that it’s imperative to provide the rjosirt incentives so that CCS can compete with other technologies also aiming to mitigate GHG emissions.

“CCS is of strategic importance to the UK” – Suk Yee Lam, UK DECC

Following this morning’s plenary session, delegates are spoiled for choice by the technical sessions on offer today – we’ve got everything from aerosols & nitrosamines to enhanced hydrocarbon recovery; from post-combustion pilot results to risk assessment management; and from novel systems to a suite of streams on monitoring. I know I can’t decide which ones to attend!

Remember, the IEAGHG team are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the week – come and visit us on Stand 3 in the Exhibition Hall!
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