World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project Begins Construction


From environmentalleader.com July 17, 2014

The US Department of Energy, in partnership with NRG Energy and JX Nippon, has begun construction on the first commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture retrofit project in the US, the largest such project in the world.

Once completed, the Petra Nova Project will capture about 1.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from an existing coal-fired power plant in Texas. The captured CO2 will then be used to extract additional, hard-to-access oil from a previously depleted field 80 miles away, safely storing the carbon underground in the process.

Originally conceived as a 60 MW capture project for which they received $167 million in support from the DOE, the project sponsors expanded the design to capture emissions from 240 MW of generation at the Houston-area power plant, quadrupling the size of the capture project without additional federal investment.

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