Front-End Engineering and Design: Project Tundra Carbon Capture SystemEmail PagePrint Page

Project Information

Prime Performer:Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.Location:United States of America
Project Duration:10/01/2019 - 06/30/2023Agreement Number:FE0031845
Technology Area:Post-Combustion CaptureTotal Award Value:$13,058,042 
Key Technology:SolventsDOE Share:$9,821,578 
Performer Share:$3,236,464 
Milton R. Young Station
Milton R. Young Station

Project Description

The objective of this project is to complete a front-end engineering & design (FEED) study on the addition of a post-combustion carbon capture system based on Fluor’s Econamine FG Plus™ solvent technology onto an existing power plant fueled by North Dakota lignite that will demonstrate next-generation carbon capture system feasibility and economics. Building on the findings of a pre-FEED study for Milton R. Young Station Unit 2 (MRY2), the key deliverables of this FEED study will be: 1) design, costing, and performance data needed to commence project financing activities; 2) engineering and material balances required to file for all project permits; and 3) a final project schedule. Advances included in the project to take carbon capture technology beyond the current state-of-the-art include steam cycle integration with advanced heat recovery to improve energy efficiency, a solution for aerosol emissions and solvent degradation to improve the environmental and cost profile, design of the world’s largest capture facility (3.6 million tonnes/year) by two-fold to capture greater economies of scale, optimization for cold climate performance, and establishment of the lowest levelized cost of capture attempted at world scale.

Project Benefits

FEED studies for carbon capture systems at actual sites will provide the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a more detailed understanding of carbon capture costs in a commercial application, thereby enabling DOE to better design its research and development (R&D) program to reduce those costs for similar carbon capture technologies being developed in its R&D portfolio.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager:Andrew O'Palko (andrew.opalko@netl.doe.gov)
Technology Manager:Ronald Munson (ronald.munson@netl.doe.gov)
Principal Investigator:Craig Bleth (cbleth@minnkota.com)