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Union makes case for CCUS at Scotland conference

IR Cory Channon, far right, explains the Boilermakers’ role in CCUS. Left, Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco; center, Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-trading Sectors, DG Climate Action of the European Commission.

IR Channon speaks out on carbon capture, use and storage

THE BOILERMAKERS UNION took part in an international conference titled “Accelerating CCUS Globally,” held in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 28-29. International Rep Cory Channon represented the union during a panel discussion alongside global experts in energy and the environment. International Rep Richard MacIntosh also attended the event.

Organized by the government of the United Kingdom and the Global CCS Institute, the conference focused on the value of CCUS, business models and practical solutions to accelerate the deployment of CCUS globally. The event was part of an international summit hosted by the UK and the International Energy Agency.

During the panel discussion, IR Channon explained to an audience of academic, government and business leaders the Boilermakers’ role in building, operating and maintaining industrial facilities across North America. He said CCUS technologies are essential to reducing or eliminating greenhouse gases from these facilities and pointed to major projects in Canada where Boilermakers have been on the leading edge of installing such technologies.

“The Boilermakers have a long history of being part of the solutions to the world’s industrial challenges,” he said. Channon added, “The economic benefits of preserving well-paying, meaningful jobs while cleaning the air is a win-win for everyone.”

The Boilermakers-produced video “CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future,” shown after Channon’s remarks, drew strong interest from conference participants.

Two leading voices for CCUS who appeared in the video — Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, and Julio Friedmann, Senior Advisor to the Institute and CEO of Carbon Wrangler — also presented at the event.

Another participating organization in the video, the International CCS Knowledge Centre, released a feasibility study at the conference pointing to major cost savings in applying second-generation CCS technology based on the successful SaskPower Boundary Dam (Saskatchewan) coal-fired power station retrofit. That project employed hundreds of Boilermakers. The study focused on SaskPower’s Shand power station, also in Saskatchewan.

For more information on CCS: Bridge to a Cleaner Energy Future, visit www.cleanerfutureccs.com. To read the International CCS Knowledge Centre feasibility study, visit www.ccsknowledge.com.