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Japanese and Saskatchewan companies join forces to advance CCS

9th October 2019

Tokyo, JAPAN – Organisations representing Japan and Saskatchewan have agreed to collaborate on accelerating the use and understanding of carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCS/CCUS).  A joint commitment in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on October 8 by Global CCS Institute Member, Japan CCS Co., Ltd, (based in Tokyo, Japan) and the International CCS Knowledge Centre (based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada).

The MOU signals a path forward for the organisations to collaborate in the development, demonstration and deployment of CCS/CCUS with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide energy security.

Japan CCS Co., Ltd. is conducting on behalf of the Japanese government the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project to demonstrate the viability of full-chain CCS in Japan. Valuable knowledge and experiences are being acquired.

In signing the MOU, Shoichi Ishii, President of Japan CCS Co., Ltd., said: "It is important to share experiences and knowledge in order to progress CCS as a global mitigation measure, and we are happy to collaborate with the International CCS Knowledge Centre.”

The collaboration will facilitate the sharing of the experience and lessons-learned acquired from the construction through operation and maintenance of SaskPower's Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility - the world’s first commercial scale, post-combustion CCS facility on a coal-fired power plant.

The International CCS Knowledge Centre and Japan CCS Co. will work closely to exchange information and knowledge of CCS/CCUS acquired through of the conduct of their projects, in order to share and disseminate such information with a view to advancing the deployment of CCS/CCUS in the world.

On hand to witness the signing of the MOU was Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, Ian Burney, Ambassador of Canada to Japan and Hideki Makihara, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. (see below photo).

Full media release on the announcement can be found here.

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