Sweetwater, Texas, July 26, 2010 — Tenaska has chosen Fluor Corp.’s Econamine FG Plus carbon capture technology for use in its proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center, being developed near Sweetwater.
Trailblazer will be a pioneering 600 MW (net) electricity generating plant fueled by pulverized coal and is expected to be among the first full-scale commercial power plants in the nation, and the first in Texas, to capture 85 to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide byproduct, sending it via pipeline to the Permian Basin to be used in enhanced oil recovery.
Econamine FG Plus is a Fluor proprietary, amine-based technology for large-scale, post-combustion carbon capture.
The technology is one of the most widely applied commercial solutions proven in operating environments to remove CO2 from high-oxygen content flue gases.
“Fluor’s Econamine FG Plus technology has been licensed at commercial scale in 26 industrial plants worldwide, including three in the United States,” said Michael Lebens, president of Tenaska‘s Engineering and Operations Group. “The combination of Fluor’s expertise with the technology and its 20 years of experience in practical applications makes it the best choice for use at Trailblazer.”
Tenaska’s initial design and engineering work for Trailblazer also is being performed by Fluor, the project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor. Fluor, based in Irving, Texas, designs, builds and maintains power generation projects.
Trailblazer will generate more than $740 million in Nolan County economic impact during construction and during operation will provide more than 100 direct well-paying permanent jobs, plus an estimated 70 secondary jobs from increased local spending.
In addition, the captured CO2 used in enhanced oil recovery will add more than 10 million barrels of oil production annually to the West Texas economy.
Arch Coal, Inc. has a 35 percent equity interest in the project and will supply the coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.
Tenaska recently completed an administrative hearing on its application for a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air quality permit, and expects to have a final permit by the end of this year.