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Belle Plaine Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: TransCanada, GE Electricity, Betchel Overseas Power Corporation

Location: Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, Canada

Feedstock: Coal and Petcoke (imported from Alberta)

Size: 500 MW: 1 Mt/yr CO2 (80-90% CO2 capture)

Capture Technology: Pre-combustion

CO2 Fate: EOR and fertilizer production

Timing: Pre-feasibility study (2007); Proposed start date is unavailable


The project is estimated to cost $5 billion. The project received funding from the ecoEnergy technology initiative in March 2009.


The synthetic gas product is being considered for use at the Mosaic Potash Mine, the Saskferco fertilizer plant, both at Belle Plaine, for use in a gas turbine for SaskPower, or turned into hydrogen for industrial processes. The captured CO2 is being considered for EOR at the already functioning EOR site in Weyburn, Canada. There is some doubt if this project will proceed. This project is all called the Polygen Project.

Project Link: Canadian Government Funds Eights Private Sector CCS Projects (April 2009)

Other Sources and Press Releases:
Harper Government announce funding for 8 CCS projects (March 2009)
Saskatchewan Government and TransCanada move polygeneration project forward (October 2007)
Betchel and GE collaborate on polygen facility (2007)
TransCanada Website