Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) -
Recovery Act: W.A. Parish Post-Combustion CO2 Capture and Sequestration Project
Performer: Petra Nova Parish Holdings LLC
Project No: FE0003311
Program Background and Project Benefits
Additional development and demonstration is needed to improve the cost and efficiency of technologies that capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from coal-based electric power generating facilities. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies offer great potential for reducing CO2 emissions and mitigating global climate change, while minimizing the economic impacts of the solution.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing financial assistance through the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) Round 3, which includes funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to demonstrate the commercial viability of next generation technologies that will capture and sequester CO2 emissions. Once demonstrated, the technologies can be readily considered in the commercial marketplace by the electric power industry.
The W.A. Parish Post-Combustion CO2 Capture and Sequestration Project represents an important step in advancing the commercialization of technologies that capture CO2 from the flue gas of existing power plants. The addition of CO2 capture capability to the existing fleet of power plants will enable those plants to continue to produce clean electricity and simultaneously reduce the impact of CO2 emissions. Specific project benefits are as follows:
- The capture and sequestration of up to 1.4 million metric tons of CO2 per year from a W.A. Parish Generating Station flue gas stream.
- Increased domestic oil production in the U.S., which contributes to national energy security.
- A path forward for existing coal-fired power plants to continue energy production while meeting environmental sustainability goals.
The project goal is to advance fully integrated CCS technologies from the demonstration stage to commercial viability. The project objective is to demonstrate CO2 removal from treated flue gas from an existing coal-fired electrical generating station and the compression and transport of the pipeline quality CO2 to a sequestration site where it will be used for EOR.