GreenGen Power Station

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The GreenGen power station is a 250-megawatt (MW) integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant and proposed 400 MW carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant in Tianjin, China.

Location

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Background

GreenGen Ltd. Co. China was established by the China Huaneng Group and seven other Chinese state-owned companies in January 2006. Peabody Energy joined the consortium in December 2007 as the only non-Chinese participant in the program. The goal of the GreenGen program in Tianjin is to develop a large-scale IGCCCCS demonstration project in China, at an estimated cost of US$1.5 billion. The program is being carried out in three phases.[1]

The first phase is a 250-megawatt integrated gasification combined cycle power plant, which will convert coal into ‘syngas’ — a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen — to be burned in specialized turbines to produce electricity. Construction of the plant began in 2009 and was completed in 2012.[2]

The second phase is a pilot plant designed to send a "clean" stream of hydrogen through fuel cells and turbines to produce electricity, with carbon dioxide being captured for industrial use.[1] Construction of Phase II began in early 2014.[2]

The third phase will be a 400-megawatt power plant with full-scale carbon capture and storage in underground rock layers. The original planned completion date was 2015 but was then pushed back to 2020.[1] The CO2 may be used for enhanced oil recovery at the Tianjing Dagang oil field.[2]

GreenGen was originally seen as a follow-up to the US's FutureGen, whose original start date has also been delayed.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Huaneng Group (52 per cent interest), seven Chinese energy enterprises (each 6 per cent interest) and Peabody Energy (6 per cent interest)
  • Location: Lingang Industrial Park, Binhai New Area, Tianjin, China
  • Coordinates: 39.133333, 117.183333 (approximate)
  • Status: Operating (coal gasification unit); Pre-permit development (CCS unit)
  • Capacity: 650 MW (Coal gasification unit: 250 MW, CCS unit: 400 MW)
  • Type: Coal gasification and CCS
  • Start date: 2012 (coal gasification unit); 2020 (CCS unit)
  • Coal Type: Sub-bituminous coal
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Tollefson & Richard Van Noorden, "Slow progress to cleaner coal," Nature, April 11, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Huaneng GreenGen IGCC Project (Phase 3)," Global CCS Institute, accessed December 2014

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