ZAK selects Foster Wheeler for carbon capture plant study

20 July 2009 14:35  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS news)--Poland's Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) has appointed global engineering and construction group Foster Wheeler to conduct a feasibility study on its proposed Kedzierzyn zero-emissions plant, the company said on Monday.

Foster Wheeler planned to deliver its study in November or December after which ZAK and project partner, Polish power company Poludniowy Koncern Energetyczny, would select a technology supplier from a short list of Shell, GE, Lurgi, Siemens and UDE, said ZAK spokeswoman Alicja Stronciwilk.

The latest estimated cost for the investment in was up to zloty (Zl) 6bn ($1.9bn/€1.4bn), added Stronciwilk.

The project partners hoped the EU might cover a substantial part of this amount under the New Entrants Reserve (NWE) of the third phase of its Emissions Trading Directive for innovative renewable energy technology, she added.

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant's innovative technology would “trap” 23% of powerplant carbon dioxide emissions in methanol, urea and other chemical products, while 69% of emissions would be buried deep underground in porous rock, ZAK said.

The plant was due to start up by 2015.

($1 = Zl3.07, €1 = Zl4.32)

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