Belle Plaine Polygen Project
ecoENERGY Technology Initiative
This project by TransCanada, GE Electricity and Bechtel aimed to conduct pre-FEED and other work as part of a $5-billion project to build and operate a polygeneration facility in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan. The coal and petroleum coke-fuelled facility would produce a number of products, including hydrogen, steam and sulphur, as well as generating up to 500MW of electricity. The facility was to be designed to capture around 80–90% of CO2 emissions, or 1 million tonnes a year, which would be used by two nearby large-scale fertilizer plants, used for enhanced oil recovery projects or stored long-term in saline aquifers in south-eastern Saskatchewan.
TransCanada had hoped to begin construction of the plant in 2010, with start-up in 2014. Plans were put on public display in early 2008, with media reports at the time suggesting the project still had significant environmental impact work ahead. No further information is available.
The project initially received funding from the ecoENERGY technology initiative in March 2009 for pre-FEED and other work. The current status of the project is unknown.