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POWER provides engineering services for the world’s largest post-combustion CO2 capture system

January 2017

HAILEY, Idaho (January 30, 2017) ‒ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) recently completed construction on the Petra Nova Carbon Capture project, the world’s largest post-combustion CO2 capture system. POWER Engineers Incorporated (POWER) was pleased to work with MHIA and function as an extension of their engineering team on the project.

The Petra Nova Carbon Capture project, a joint promotion by NRG Energy, Inc. and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation, captures CO2 from NRG’s W.A. Parish Unit 8 coal-fired generating station in Thompson, Texas. A portion of the exhaust from the coal-fired generating station is pulled from the flue gas exhaust where it undergoes industrial processes to remove CO2 before it makes its way into the atmosphere. Once captured, the CO2 is transported to an oilfield located on the Gulf Coast of Texas and used for enhanced oil recovery. The system is based on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ proprietary amine solvent process.

POWER provided fast-track FEED study support for the entire plant/process and detailed engineering design for electrical and I&C disciplines. POWER also designed, configured and commissioned the DCS for the carbon capture plant and related power island.

“MHIA has been proud to work with POWER Engineers on this ‘first-of-a-kind’ and world’s largest commercial carbon capture facility,” said Dale Wilterdink, Project Manager at MHIA. “We have had a very professional and successful relationship from the FEED study, through engineering and start-up support.”

Both MHIA and POWER are committed to developing sustainable solutions through new and proven technology. The Petra Nova Carbon Capture project is one more step towards a more sustainable future. It captures 90 percent of the carbon dioxide generated from the coal-fired plant and is rated at 4,776 metric tons per day of CO2 captured.

“We enjoyed working with MHIA on such an important project,” said Dwight Cole, Project Manager at POWER Engineers. “We value our long-term relationships with Mitsubishi and NRG and are pleased to be part of this landmark project.”