Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility Prevents Four Million Tonnes of CO2 From Entering the Atmosphere

Applied Tech Review | Wednesday, April 07, 2021

BD3 CCS Facility has paved the way for significant capital and operating cost reductions coupled with increased efficiencies to better the next generation of CCS installations.

FREMONT, CA: The International CCS Knowledge Centre works to advance the use of large-scale carbon capture and storage as a means of mitigating global greenhouse gasses. What is unique about this work is that the company does this by sharing its experience and acquired knowledge from progressing the learning curve. It aims to ensure that others have the assurance of expertise; a strong and reliable basis of know-how before they start.

The CCS story at BD3 is major progress and inspiration for future CCS initiatives. BD3s carbon capture performance continues to enhance and demonstrate the real-world application of CCS to substantially mitigate emissions in the energy sectors. With the experience attained through the design, construction, operation and subsequent enhancements of the BD3 CCS Facility, the Knowledge Centre developed two studies that continue to be at the forefront of post-combustion capture operations globally. The Shand CCS Feasibility Study shows improvements in CCS project costs, risks, and efficiencies. It offers the Lehigh CCS Feasibility Study foundation, which applies these advancements to the cement industry.

The analysis of daily operational data from the BD3 CCS facility, from the time it began capture operations in October of 2014, were recently shared at the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme GHGT-15 conference in March 2021.

In all facilities, unforeseen barriers can be expected to affect performance. These real application-based studies address specific issues experienced with the capture system at BD3 CCS Facility and the corrective actions taken to enhance its performance, reliability, and availability. These corrective actions are transferable to the next installations of CCS. Performance evaluation is vital as CCS technologies seek increased deployment across sectors. With each year, the BD3 CCS Facility optimization continues to help refine improvements in efficiency and cost-effectiveness. These performance improvements yield a better foundation for next out-the-gate projects by ensuring reductions in project costs and risks and increasing operational predictability and certainty.

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