Summit extends Texas coal project design all the way to Scotland

Seattle-based Summit Power Group, which is developing a coal-fueled power plant in Texas with carbon capture and storage capability, said March 20 that it has entered into an agreement with National Grid and Petrofac to seek funding for the development of a low-carbon power plant in the United Kingdom.

The plant would include full-chain, commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. The Caledonia Clean Energy Project will be submitted to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for funding under the UK’s Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Delivery Competition.

The proposed Summit power plant will be based at the Port of Grangemouth, west of Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth, Scotland. With more than 90% carbon capture, the coal-fueled plant will generate extremely low-carbon electric power and also produce hydrogen gas for commercial use. The captured CO2 will be transported via pipeline to St. Fergus by National Grid Carbon and then transferred offshore for geological sequestration deep under the North Sea by Petrofac subsidiary CO2DeepStore. The project site has been selected to take advantage of synergies with other facilities for industrial gas supply and to support CO2 capture.

Summit Power is currently developing a similar project in Texas – the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) – and intends to replicate many aspects of TCEP at Grangemouth. TCEP involves a cutting-edge carbon capture and storage (CCS) project for the U.S. Department of Energy, which in 2010 awarded the project $450m under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI).

TCEP is an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) 400-MW power/polygen project. Siemens is the primary equipment provider for TCEP’s gasifiers, power island and controls, including a “twin pack” of SFG-500 gasifiers, a state-of-the-art SGT6-5000F combustion turbine, and an advanced SPPA-T3000 control system. The project’s front end engineering design (FEED) study was launched in June 2010 by Fluor, Siemens and Selas Fluid Processing Corp., a Linde Group subsidiary.

Seattle-based Summit Power Group has a track record of developing large, low-carbon energy projects, with over 7,000 MW of electric power plants in operation, and over 2,000 MW in development or under construction.

National Grid (LSE:NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. In Britain, it runs gas and electricity systems National Grid Carbon is a non-regulated, independent subsidiary of National Grid, created to develop CO2 transportation infrastructure in the UK.

Petrofac is a leading international service provider to the oil and gas and energy industries, with a diverse customer portfolio including many of the world’s leading oil & gas companies, utilities and governments. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Through subsidiary CO2DeepStore, Petrofac is a leading developer of CCS projects for power generators and other CO2 emitters. CO2Deepstore is 50% partner in the storage joint venture at Goldeneye, in the Outer Moray Firth, for CO2 storage from SSE’s Peterhead gas fired power station.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.