The Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group agreed with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin initial engineering and preparation for full front-end engineering and design work on the U.S. Department of Energy’s FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
The contract authorizes B&W and the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin project Phase II-A for the 167 MW 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.
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 percent of the carbon dioxide generated during the combustion process. Oxy-coal combustion uses oxygen mixed with recycled flue gas to replace the normal combustion air in a coal-fired boiler. As coal is burned, the resulting flue gas consists primarily of carbon dioxide, which is suited for compression and storage.
B&W has locations worldwide and employs about 12,700 people, in addition to about 10,400 joint venture employees.