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Carbon capture project enters next phase

World Coal,

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) has signed an agreement with FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin engineering and design work on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Meredosia, Illinois.

The agreement marks the beginning of the second phase of the project, which is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE has granted up to US$ 49 million to fund the B&W Phase 2 engineering and design activities. Construction of the plant will commence in the third phase, with an anticipated start in June 2014. The DOE has agreed to approximately US$ 1 billion in funding for the FutureGen 2.0 project.

Zero emissions

The B&W subsidiary, B&W Power Generation Group (PGG), will design and supply a boiler island and oxy-coal combustion system and gas quality control system for the near-zero emissions coal powered plant.

The ultimate aim of the US$ 1.65 billion project is to capture more than 90% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) generated during the combustion process, reducing the plant's CO2 footprint by more than 1 million tpy.

"This agreement is an important next step in our progress toward making near-zero-emissions power generation from coal a reality," said Randall Data, CEO at B&W PGG. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, the DOE and the project team in demonstrating the value of carbon-capture technology."

Oxy-coal combustion

The oxy-coal combustion process uses oxygen mixed with recycled flue gas to replace the normal combustion air in a coal-fired boiler. As coal is burned, the resulting flue gas consists primarily of CO2, which is well suited for compression and storage.

The CO2 captured from the FutureGen plant will be transported and stored underground at a nearby storage facility.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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