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Doosan Babcock Oxycoal 2 Project Approved

Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
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Doosan Babcock Energy will go ahead with Oxycoal 2, a project to demonstrate oxyfuel technology for carbon capture on coal-fired power plants.

The £7.4 million project is the next stage in a programme to investigate oxyfuel technologies for CCS and bridges the gap between R&D and a full scale pilot.

It is the first project to be supported by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) under its Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Carbon Abatement Technologies (HFCCAT) Demonstration Programme.

BERR contributed £2.2 million and the remaining funding was from a group of industrial sponsors and university partners led by Scottish and Southern Energy, who gave £1 million.

The other partners were E.ON UK PLC, Drax Power Limited, ScottishPower, EDF Energy, Dong Energy Generation, Air Products Plc, and Imperial College and University of Nottingham.

In the project, Doosan Babcock will conduct a demonstration on a full scale 40 MW burner at its test rig at Renfrew. The boiler will be modified to accommodate oxyfuel firing on pulverized coal with recycled flue gas.

The upgrade of the burner test facility is expected to be complete early in 2009, with the first oxyfuel combustion demonstration by the end of March that year.

The project will be used to gain experience relating to materials and corrosion, and fouling and slagging problems. The technology is suitable both for new plant and for retrofit applications.

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