The FutureGen Alliance on Tuesday affirmed that Morgan county, in the US, would remain the preferred location for its carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site and that it would proceed with an application for a US Environmental Protection Agency permit for the site.
The project entails a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled power plant with near-zero emissions that would produce hydrogen and capture and store CO2 in deep geological formations.
The alliance would no longer maintain alternate sites in Christian and Douglas counties.
“Affirming Morgan county as the preferred site for FutureGen 2.0 is a significant step forward for the project. This decision allows us to proceed with final permitting for the Morgan county site,” said FutureGen Alliance CE Ken Humphreys.
In February 2011, the alliance initially selected the Morgan county as its preferred site.
Since that time, the alliance had tested the geologic conditions at the proposed storage site and had found that the site was geologically stable, had a regionally extensive primary caprock formation and secondary caprock formations and had a reservoir capacity sufficient to permanently store the CO2 that would be generated by the FutureGen 2.0 project.
The alliance also acquired the underground pore space necessary for the proposed Morgan county storage site. Desktop and field environmental studies had also been conducted to confirm the absence of any sensitive environmental resources that could be adversely affected by the project.
Further, the programme involves upgrading the Meredosia Energy Center with oxycombustion technology to capture more than 90% of the plant’s carbon emissions.
Using pipeline technology, the CO2 would be transported and permanently stored underground at the nearby storage site.
The alliance stated that the FutureGen 2.0 technologies had the potential to repower the world’s fleet of coal-fueled power plants in a manner that achieved near-zero emissions of all regulated pollutants, spurred job creation and substantially advanced clean energy technology around the globe.