Saskatchewan, Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming have jointly signed a memorandum of understanding on carbon capture, utilization and storage.
The four are expressing a mutual desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while aiming to improve strategic and diverse energy production. They will also work together on CCUS knowledge sharing and capacity building, as well as policy and regulatory expertise in the fields of carbon dioxide capture, transportation, storage and applications such as enhanced oil recovery.
“Our four energy-producing jurisdictions are committed to sharing knowledge on this important technology so that we can manage greenhouse gases responsibly while ensuring our economies continue to grow,” Premier Brad Wall said.
“As a world leader in the advancement of CCUS technology, Saskatchewan has much to contribute. SaskPower’s ground-breaking Boundary Dam 3 project is the world’s first commercial power plant with a fully-integrated post-combustion carbon capture system, and an excellent example of what is possible if we embrace CCUS.”
Wall noted that Boundary Dam 3 captured 85,000 tonnes of CO2 in October, the highest monthly total since the carbon capture unit began operations in October 2014. Altogether, BD3 has captured 1.75 million tonnes of CO2 since start up, the equivalent emissions of 440,000 vehicles.
Attending @westgov meeting to advocate for Cda-US trade. Thanks to @GovernorBullock @GovMattMead @DougBurgum for signing memo partnering on further carbon capture development.
@IEA says to meet Paris climate targets, world needs 14% of greenhouse gas reductions to come from CCS pic.twitter.com/EUOQ8uaj71
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) December 1, 2017
“As states and as a nation we need to prioritize research into carbon capture if we are going to confront climate change and take full advantage of our existing resources,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock said. “Done right, we can drive economic growth and create and maintain good-paying jobs across the region. The bottom line for me is we should be in control of our energy futures, and that includes the important work accomplished through this MOU.”
The three-year MOU will also encourage the immediate engagement of CCUS-related organizations in the four jurisdictions, prioritize joint co-operative projects and ensure a formal evaluation process of activities and accomplishments.
The signing occurred at a Western Governors’ Association meeting in Arizona.