18 August 2008 – A three-year initiative to design and engineer Canada’s first near-zero emission thermal power plant reached a milestone today when EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) selected Siemens as the technology provider for the design of a coal gasification facility.
The selection is the latest step in the EPCOR-led Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology power plant that could deliver improved air quality and capture carbon emissions for permanent storage.
Siemens will licence its SFG-500 coal gasifier technology to the FEED project. If subsequent investment and construction decisions go as planned, a 270 MW generating station using the new technology would be targeted to commence operations in 2015.
“Today’s agreement is a significant milestone in EPCOR’s quest to take carbon capture and storage technologies from opportunity to operation,” said EPCOR Senior Vice President, Dr. David Lewin.
“This Genesee IGCC project alone has the potential to capture more than one and a quarter million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year, which would make a significant contribution towards provincial and federal targets while providing a reliable source of baseload power generation.”
Siemens has operated its gasification technologies for more than 20 years, using a wide variety of energy sources as feedstocks for the conversion process. In 2007, as part of the FEED study, 18 tonnes of coal from Genesee were shipped to Siemens Gasification Test Centre in Freiberg, Germany for performance testing.