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Belle Plaine Polygen Project

Brief description:


Country: Canada

Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Large

Status: Identified

Capital cost: $5 billion

Year of operation not known
Industry: Other

MW capacity: 500MW

Capture method: Pre-combustion

New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: EOR

Volume: 1 million tonnes/CO2


Polygen plant proposals

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.

More information and press releases

ecoENERGY-supported projects backgrounder, Natural Resources Canada, 2009

TransCanada press release, October 2007

Companies involved