Irving, Texas, June 18, 2009 — Fluor Corp. it was selected to begin limited engineering for Tenaska’s Trailblazer Energy Center, a supercritical coal-fired plant development equipped with carbon capture technology in Sweetwater, Texas.
Fluor and Tenaska have signed a memorandum of understanding that will be the basis of a joint Tenaska-Fluor limited engineering phase of work. If Tenaska goes forward with the construction of Trailblazer, Fluor expects to proceed with implementing design requirements, engineering, procurement, construction and start-up of the 600 MW plant. The undisclosed value of the initial engineering phase will be booked in Fluor’s second quarter of 2009.
The proposed Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center is expected to be the first conventional commercial coal-fueled power plant in the U.S. to produce electricity while being designed to capture 85 to 90 percent of the CO2 emissions and providing for its use in enhanced oil recovery and geologic storage. The plant’s advanced air quality control system will also minimize release of other emissions.
The limited engineering phase will last approximately 12 months and will produce the preliminary design and the cost to build the plant.
Although Tenaska’s final decision on Trailblazer construction will likely be made in 2010, the plant is already in an advanced stage of development. Tenaska has acquired all necessary property and signed tax abatement agreements with Nolan County and the Nolan County Hospital District. Trailblazer has received a draft air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and has received a screening study from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).