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Summit Power & Linde join forces to develop projects deploying carbon capture from natural gas

Friday, Feb 08, 2013

Summit Power Group, a Seattle-based developer of low-carbon power projects, and the technology company The Linde Group today announced they have teamed up to develop commercial-scale natural gas-fired power plants that will capture up to ninety percent (90%) of the carbon dioxide (CO2) that would otherwise have been emitted. The new power plants will combine well-established and commercially proven natural gas-fired power plant technology with proven carbon capture technology.

“In the U.S. and abroad, the electric power sector is making a ‘dash for gas,’”

“In the U.S. and abroad, the electric power sector is making a ‘dash for gas,’” said Donald Paul Hodel, Summit’s Chairman Emeritus and former U.S. Secretary of Energy. “Technology is ready to capture the CO2 that gas-fired power plants produce, and Summit, in partnership with Linde, is ready to develop those plants, just as Summit has developed thousands of megawatts of conventional gas-fired power plants in the past.”

Both Summit and Linde are already active in developing power projects with CO2 capture where the CO2 can be either geologically sequestered in depleted gas fields and deep saline formations, or injected into depleting oilfields. Summit is currently developing two major coal gasification projects that will capture 90% of the CO2 they produce, namely the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) in the United States and the Captain Clean Energy Project (CCEP) in the United Kingdom. Linde is a major technology provider, engineering and construction contractor, and long-term operations and maintenance provider to TCEP. Based on their extensive cooperation, Linde and Summit are now expanding their focus to this new and promising field of natural gas-based CO2 capture.

“Merely increasing reliance on natural gas is not a sufficient carbon-reduction strategy for the hydrocarbon sector of the global power industry,” said Professor Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “It is still necessary, valuable, and eminently feasible to capture and geologically sequester the carbon dioxide that natural gas-fired plants would otherwise emit, just as it is with coal-based plants. Linde has the capability to achieve this and is ready to deploy it at commercial scale.”

Source: Business Wire

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