15 October 2009 18:01 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Alstom plans to build a 1m tonne/year carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) demonstration facility in Canada, one of the largest such projects in the world, the French energy technology company said on Thursday.
The significant size of the Canadian project demonstrated that CCS technology was no longer in a test phase but was ready for commercialisation, Alstom said.
The project, a partnership with Canadian power firm TransAlta and independent power producer Capital Power, would use Alstom’s proprietary chilled ammonia process and be integrated with a 450 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant to be built near ?xml:namespace>
The company did not disclose timelines for construction or completion, but it said its technology was expected to be commercially available by 2015.
Alstom spokesman Tim Brown told ICIS news that
Last week, Shell said it planned a Canadian dollars (C$) 1.35bn ($1.32bn) CSS project at its Scotford oil sands and bitumen upgrader site in
In related news, the
At the same forum, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu told delegates that CCS could be commercially viable within ten years, but reaching that goal would require major efforts by global governments and industry.
However, there remain doubts that CCS can be made cost-effective for widespread commercial application.
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