The Opportunity

SaskPower (SPC), a Crown Corporation, operates the Boundary Dam Power Station near Estevan, SK. Boundary Dam is a coal-fired generating station, which has been providing power to the province since 1959. Turbine #3 (BD3) is currently slated for a retrofit. As part of the rebuild, SPC and its partners have embarked upon a $1. 4 billion construction project to create a fully integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) system, wherein they will isolate and separate the CO2 – estimated at one million tonnes per year – then market the by-products to resource companies for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations or store/dispose of any captured product for which there is no market.

Employing leading-edge technology, BD3 will be the world’s first and largest commercial-scale power plant equipped with a CCS system. Moreover, it demonstrates a viable path for other Saskatchewan-based coal-fired generating units, including Boundary Dam’s three additional turbines, as demand for CO2 increases in the Energy sector. BD3 is slated to go into commercial operation on or about April 1, 2014.

Throughout various stages of the project, Altus Geomatics has primarily provided technical services. Our success is measured by accuracy, response times, innovative technology and on-the-ground solutions to facilitating accurate and efficient results.


For SaskPower, this step toward the increased commercialization of carbon capture and storage as a viable option for the ongoing use of coal in power generation is yet another example in a long history of “innovative firsts” in environmental, safety and sustainability initiatives.

For Cenovus Energy, the Project ensures a consistent and adequate supply of CO2, maintaining and expanding its enhanced oil recovery projects, and providing a second reliable supply source of CO2 for its Saskatchewan operations. For Altus Geomatics, it’s another demonstration of our local, on the-ground knowledge, experience and expertise – as well as a continued ability to work across multiple components of a project on behalf of a longstanding client base.