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AEP Receives Funding To Expand Mountaineer CCS Project

Posted on December 14, 2009

According to Philippe Joubert, president of Alstom Power, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) US$334 million award to expand a carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at American Electric Power's (AEP's) Mountaineer power plant sends a timely and important signal regarding commercial technologies that enable CO2 emitted from fossil-fueled power plants to be safely captured and stored.

"We congratulate our partners at AEP on this award. It is particularly appropriate that the award be made days before the start of the Copenhagen Summit since it reinforces the central role that technology can play in addressing carbon dioxide emissions and the progress that can be made when government and private industry partner to finance such technologies," said Joubert.

On December 4th, DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced that an award would be made to a project team led by AEP to help fund the construction of a new large scale capture facility that can capture 1.5 million metric tons per year of CO2 from the Mountaineer power plant near New Haven, West Virginia, U.S.A. The new project will have 15 times the capture capacity of the existing facility near Mountaineer, which started operations in the fall of 2009.

Alstom is operating or finalizing development of ten demonstration projects in six countries and has committed to haviing a commercial offering for carbon capture available by 2015.

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