Wyoming takes offers for work at CO2 research center at Basin coal plant

Basin Electric Power Cooperative issued an Oct. 18 statement highlighting the fact that the state of Wyoming is seeking offers of interest for parties that would undertake CO2 capture work at an in-construction test center at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station near Gillette, Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Oct. 5 the opening of the application process for researchers and potential tenants at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center (ITC). The ITC has the goal of advancing Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies. Dry Fork Station is operated by Basin Electric and co-owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.

The Wyoming ITC issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify candidates and select initial users of test bays. Interested parties may obtain and submit applications at www.wyomingitc.org. The RFP gives interested parties the opportunity to “lease,” at no cost, a test bay with flue gas slipstream from a coal-fired power plant in a competitive process.

The ITC provides developers of advanced post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technologies a place to test equipment and processes in a real-world facility. Individuals and groups in private industry, government agencies, government laboratories, university faculty and staff may submit proposals.

RFP responses will be reviewed and a selection made by a technical advisory committee made up of Wyoming ITC partners including the State of Wyoming, Basin Electric, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Proposals are due to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority by Dec. 12. The ITC is expected to be available in late 2017. 

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE was previously announced as the first tenant of the Wyoming ITC. The Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition designed to spur breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. A total of 47 entries from seven countries were submitted earlier this year to contend for the $20 million prize – 20 of these entries are competing for space at the Wyoming ITC. On Oct. 17, XPRIZE announced 27 teams advancing to Round 2. Finalists from Round 2 advancing to Round 3 will be named in December 2017.