27 March 2009 — Tenaska chose construction firm Kiewit Energy Co. and engineering firm Burns & McDonnell for the front end engineering and design (FEED) study and facility cost report for the $3.5 billion Taylorville Energy Center. Tenaska will issue more contracts for technology licenses and process design work required for the study within the next 60 days.
Independent power producer Tenaska hopes to start construction in 2010 after the report is approved.
Taylorville will be a commercial-scale, coal gasification plant with carbon capture. Its technology will convert coal into substitute natural gas, which can be used for electricity generation or fed into the interstate natural gas pipeline system.
Taylorville is being developed by Christian County Generation LLC, a joint venture of Omaha-based Tenaska and Louisville, Ky.-based MDL Holding Co. LLC.
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