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Clean Coal Technology Moves Forward In Australia

Posted on December 14, 2009

The proposal for one of the world's first integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been shortlisted for the next stage of the federal government's CCS Flagship Program. The Wandoan Power Consortium is working to develop a cleaner coal plant in Queensland, Australia.

The proposed Wandoan Power Project IGCC plant with carbon capture will utilize Queensland's abundant coal resources providing an important step in shaping the future of cleaner coal technology for power generation in Australia as well as globally.

GE, one of the consortium's two partners, has been developing IGCC technology for more than two decades, reports the company. GE's IGCC technology is being deployed at Duke Energy's power generation plant under construction in Edwardsport, Indiana, U.S.A. which is expected to reach commercial operation in 2012.

Stanwell Corporation Limited is working with GE as the Wandoan Power Consortium to develop the project which would produce 400 MW of power pre-carbon capture with capabilities to capture 90% of the CO2 in the fuel stream for future storage.

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