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DOE Signs Cooperative Agreement for Carbon Capture Project

June 18, 2010 - 1:00pm

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy has signed a cooperative agreement with NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) for the Parish Post-Combustion CO2 Capture and Sequestration Project to design, construct, and operate a system that will capture and store approximately 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The project, which will be managed by the Office of Fossil Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, was selected under DOE's Clean Coal Power Initiative, a collaboration between the federal government and private industry working toward low-emission, coal-based power generation technology.

The project team aims to demonstrate that post-combustion carbon capture can be economically applied to existing power plants--particularly those having the opportunity to sequester CO2 in nearby oil fields--and the viability of sequestration in such formations. The technology would apply to many additional coal-based electric power plants in the United States and throughout the world.

The system will employ Fluor's Econamine FG Plus technology to capture at least 90 percent of the CO2 from a 60-megawatt (MW) flue gas stream of the 617-MW Unit 7 at the W.A. Parish Generating Station located in Thompsons, Texas. Fluor's Econamine FG Plus CO2 capture system features advanced process design and techniques, which lower the energy consumption of existing amine-based CO2 capture processes by more than 20 percent. The captured CO2 will be compressed and transported by pipeline to a mature oil field for injection into geologic formations for permanent storage through an enhanced oil recovery operation. The site will be monitored to track the migration of the CO2 underground and to establish the permanence of sequestration.

NRG's engineering partner Sargent & Lundy, in conjunction with Ramgen, is also developing efficiency improvements in various balance-of-plant processes, including steam production and CO2 compression, to reduce energy demands of the system. The University of Texas will contribute their expertise to the project by developing and testing an advanced solvent used to capture the carbon dioxide. The University of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology will provide expertise with design of carbon management and plant monitoring.

The total project cost is $334 million with the DOE share of the cost being $167 million, or 50 percent of the total. Sequestration will begin in 2014, with project completion set for 2017.

Read March 9, 2010 Techline "Secretary Chu Announces Up to $154 Million for NRG Energy's Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Texas"

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