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October 5, 2013
B&W begins FEED work for FutureGen 2.0 Carbon Capture Project
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W; Charlotte, N.C.; www.babcock.com) announced today that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), has signed an agreement with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to perform full front-end engineering and design (FEED) work on the FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Meredosia, Ill.
The agreement marks the start of the second phase of the three-phase U.S. Department of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov)-funded project. The DOE has authorized up to $49 million to fund B&W's Phase 2 engineering and design activities. Construction of the plant would follow in Phase 3, with an anticipated start in June 2014.
B&W PGG will design and supply a boiler island and oxy-coal combustion system, gas quality control system and provide the balance of plant engineering for the first-of-its-kind, near-zero emissions coal-fired plant.
The project's goal is to capture more than 90% of the carbon dioxide generated during the combustion process, reducing the plant's CO2 footprint by more than 1 million ton/yr.
The oxy-coal combustion process — developed by B&W PGG and Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) — uses oxygen mixed with recycled fluegas to replace the normal combustion air in a coal-fired boiler. As coal is burned, the resulting fluegas consists primarily of CO2, which is well-suited for compression and storage.
The CO2 captured from the FutureGen 2.0 plant will be transported and stored underground at a nearby storage facility.