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March 7, 2013
B&W signs contract to begin second phase of FutureGen 2.0 carbon-capture project
The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W; Charlotte, N.C.; www.babcock.com) announced today that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), has reached an agreement with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin initial engineering and preparation for full front-end engineering and design work on the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE) FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
B&W's complete scope of work for FutureGen 2.0 includes the design of the near-zero emissions plant's oxy-coal combustion system, air quality control systems, boiler, steel and other control systems.
The contract authorizes B&W and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin project Phase II-A for the 167-MW (gross) power plant in Meredosia, Ill. During this time, B&W and the Alliance will continue to negotiate additional contracts to proceed with full front-end engineering and design work.
The DOE earlier this month announced the beginning of Phase II project development and a new cooperative agreement with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance.
"Our contract with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance is a major milestone in the FutureGen project and we're excited to begin work on this new stage," says J. Randall Data, B&W PGG president and COO. "As first-of-its-kind CCS technology, FutureGen will be groundbreaking for our team and for America."
The goal of the FutureGen 2.0 project is to upgrade an existing power plant located in Meredosia with B&W's oxy-coal combustion process to separate and capture more than 90% of the carbon dioxide generated during the combustion process. Oxy-coal combustion 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.