Praxair signs clean-coal deal with Vattenfall

24 July 2008 19:08  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Praxair's German subsidiary has agreed to work with Swedish energy firm Vattenfall on advanced technology to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired electricity power plants, the US industrial gases major said on Thursday.


Under the agreement, Praxair Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and Vattenfall would study the concept of a possible 500-megawatt (MW) combined heat and power plant in Germany, it said.


The project would incorporate Praxair's oxy-coal technology, which helped to capture more than 90% of the CO2 from coal-fired boilers, it said.


Praxair would design concepts for the project’s oxygen production facilities and for its CO2 processing unit, it said.


The captured CO2 would be transported by pipeline to a sequestration site or an enhanced oil recovery field, it added.


"Projects such as this are fundamental to advancing the technology and know-how necessary to reduce greenhouse gases," says Chuck McConnell, Praxair's vice president for oxy-coal technology and gasification.


Praxair's was already participating in similar clean-coal power demonstration projects in the US and Spain, it said.


The company had an agreement with energy and petrochemicals engineering firm Foster Wheeler to jointly work on clean-coal demonstration projects that integrated its oxy-coal technology, it added.


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