GE, Bechtel & AEP to Study Coal-Based IGCC Plant
GE Energy, Bechtel Power Corporation and American Electric Power (AEP) have signed a letter of intent to perform a scoping study for an integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant of up to 1200 MW planned by AEP. The scoping study will determine cost estimates and equipment configuration for the project, and will lead to the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase.
Among the potential sites under consideration by AEP for the plant are Mason County, West Virginia, adjacent to AEP's Mountaineer Plant; in the Great Bend area of Meigs County, Ohio; and in the Carrs area near Vanceburg, Lewis County, Kentucky.
AEP, the nation's largest electricity generator, will own and operate the plant. If selected for the project, GE Energy and Bechtel will work with AEP during the engineering process, and GE Energy will supply the IGCC technology while Bechtel will construct the plant.
As announced in October of 2004, GE and Bechtel are developing a standard commercial offering for IGCC projects in the United States. IGCC technology converts coal into gas, removing most of the sulfur dioxide and other emissions before the gas is used to fuel a gas turbine-generator.