December was the best month of the year for the carbon capture and storage facility at SaskPower's Boundary Dam Power Station, capping what was a productive year for the project.
The facility captured 82,213 tonnes of carbon dioxide in December, bringing the total volume captured for the year to 729,092 tonnes, up from 616,119 tonnes captured in 2019. It was the second-best yearly total ever for the facility, trailing only 2016, when 792,500 tonnes were captured.
The 82,213 tonnes was the highest amount captured for one month in 2020, and was well above the previous 12-month average of 60,758 tonnes.
The average daily capture rate when CCS was online in December was 2,724 tonnes per day, with a peak one-day capture of 2,866 tonnes.
The CCS facility was online 97 per cent of the month, coming offline on the last day due to troubles in the power house.
Since it came online in October 2014, the CCS facility has captured more than 3.8 million tonnes of CO2.
CCS also produced a record amount of sulphuric acid at 2,330 tonnes for the 2020 calendar year.