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Essent & Shell take step toward low-CO2 power plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Arnhem/The Hague, 8 December 2008, Essent Business Development B.V. (Essent) and Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V. (Shell; The Hague; www.shell.com)  agreed to study the feasibility of a 1,000-megawatt, low-CO2 power plant. Most of the CO2 produced by the plant would be captured and stored underground. Essent and Shell today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the feasibility study. Shell and Essent will evaluate the feasibility of combining a high-efficiency gasifier, a power generation plant and equipment to capture and store CO2. Coal and solid biomass would be gasified to produce synthesis gas, which in turn is used to make hydrogen. The hydrogen would then be used to generate electricity in turbines. Gasification technology makes it simpler and cheaper to capture CO2 than conventional coal and biomass firing. The study will assess which depleted oil and gas fields would be suitable for CO2 storage. Because of the volume of CO2 involved, the study will consider both onshore and offshore fields. The companies are evaluating possible sites for the plant in the south-west part of the Netherlands. This joint initiative will make an important contribution to ensuring a secure supply of affordable energy for the future,…
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