RWE Hurth - Project Profile

RWE’s, Hurth Project.
Germany 450 MW IGCC/CCS.

Among all the zero-CO2 power plant technology options, the so-called integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), i.e. coal gasification plus CO2 capture, is the only technology that can already be implemented on a large scale today.

Plans for the RWE IGCC plant in Germany began in 2006. In January 2009, the preparation of the plant was put on hold for financial reasons, but as of mid 2009, plans are again underway. By the end of 2010 it is proposed that an exploratory well will have been completed (to investigate storage facility), that the pipeline will have been planned in full and approved, and also RWE hope to have approval for the power plant itself by this time. It is hoped that construction of both the power plant and storage facility will have begun by the end of 2012 – so that operations for CCS can begin in 2014.

RWE npower, one of the UK’s electricity generators, has also announced it is commencing a feasibility study into the construction of a ‘clean coal’ power plant at Tilbury on the Thames Estuary. The new ‘carbon capture and storage’ technology could be ready by 2016 and could reduce the station’s carbon dioxide emissions levels by as much as 90% per year.

Since mid-2006, RWE Power has been planning the construction of a coal-based demonstration power plant with carbon capture, transport and storage. A combined-cycle gas turbine plant with integrated coal gasification (IGCC) was chosen as the power plant technology to be used. The use of a modern gas turbine of the F class enables the plant to achieve a gross electric capacity of approx. 450MW. The separated CO2 is to be stored safely over the long term in deep saline aquifers. The first grid connection is due to take place at the end of 2014/start of 2015.

RWE is moving forward with technological developments toward a zero-CO2 power plant. The aim is to commission a zero-CO2 power plant with a capacity of between 400 MW to 450 MW in the year 2014.

RWE Hurth - Technology                                                Pre Combustion
RWE Hurth - Challenges and Learning                      GreenGen Project
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