12 June 2009 — U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced an agreement with the FutureGen Alliance that advances construction of the first commercial scale, fully integrated, carbon capture and sequestration project in the country in Mattoon, Ill.
DOE could contribute almost $1.1 billion to the project. FutureGen Alliance members would contribute $400 million to $600 million.
Under terms of the provisional agreement between the DOE and the FutureGen Alliance, DOE will issue a “Record of Decision” on the project by the middle of July, with the following activities to be pursued from the end of July through early 2010:
- Rapid restart of preliminary design activities.
Completion of a site-specific preliminary design and updated cost estimate.
- Expansion of the Alliance sponsorship group.
- Development of a complete funding plan.
- Potential additional subsurface characterization.
Once the detailed cost estimate and fundraising activities are complete, DOE and the FutureGen Alliance will decide either to move forward or to discontinue the project early in 2010. Both parties agree a decision to move forward is the preferred outcome. They plan to reach a revised cooperative agreement that will include a funding plan for the full project.
DOE’s anticipated contribution to the project is $1.073 billion, $1 billion of which comes from Recovery Act funds for carbon capture and storage research.
The FutureGen Alliance’s total anticipated financial contribution is $400 million to $600 million, based on a goal of 20 member companies each contributing a total of $20 million to $30 million over a four to six year period. The Alliance, with support from DOE, will pursue options to raise additional non-federal funds needed to build and operate the facility.