Alstom process selected for carbon capture plant in Romania

Paris, December 20, 2010 — To mitigate the most severe impacts of climate change, scientific evidence shows that the world needs to limit global warming to no more than 2º C above pre-industrial levels.

To stay within this threshold, global emissions must be halved by 2050. These considerations motivated the Romanian government, in February 2010, to issue an action plan to implement a carbon capture demonstration project in Romania.

Following this commitment the Institute for Studies and Power Engineering together with the National Institute for Research and Development of Marine Geology and Geoecology are now engaged in the first integrated “ËœRomanian CCS Demo Project’, currently at the feasibility study stage, with the aim of demonstrating CO2 capture technology at the Turceni power plant together with CO2 pipeline transportation and onshore storage.

After a thorough technology evaluation phase, ISPE as CCS project manager and Turceni PP have selected Alstom‘s proprietary Chilled Ammonia Process (CAP) as the basis for the development of the carbon capture plant and have awarded a feasibility study to Alstom Carbon Capture systems.

The CAP technology offers a highly efficient process reducing the amount of energy required to capture CO2 when compared to other available technologies.

This proprietary technology is already in operation on pilots and validation facilities elsewhere, and promises to be a leading solution in global efforts to decarbonise power generation.

The carbon capture plant will be integrated into Unit 6 at the Turceni power plant which will at the same time be retrofitted to a capacity of 330 MWe.

The Romanian CCS Demo Project represents the very first step towards realizing the CCS action plan of the Romanian government and will be presented as a candidate project for NER 300 funding in accordance with the ongoing EU process.

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