4 August 2010 - Foster Wheeler (FW) AG has received an order from E.ON UK plc to support the front-end engineering design (FEED) for a post-combustion carbon dioxide capture and compression plant proposed as part of the utility’s new supercritical coal-fired power station in Kent, UK.
Foster Wheeler's consortium partner for the carbon capture element of the project is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited of Japan.
E.ON is planning to replace its existing coal fired units at its Kingsnorth power station with two new high-efficiency 800 MW units that will utilize the latest supercritical technology.
The planned carbon dioxide capture plant will be designed to separate and capture the greenhouse gas from the new units’ flue gas stream enabling it to be transported and stored permanently within a depleted gas reservoir under the North Sea.
E.ON UK is one of two groups competing in the UK’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition to build one of the world's first industrial-scale CCS demonstration plants. The UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Change recently confirmed E.ON's progression to the next stage comprising a FEED study.
The overall FEED activities will further develop the proposed carbon dioxide capture and compression project at Kingsnorth and will involve engineering and design studies following which the competition winner will be selected.
Foster Wheeler and MHI have already completed the pre-FEED.