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Thailand Petrochemical Plant Seeks Emissions-Reduction Status

Posted on October 12, 2009

IRPC Plc., an integrated petrochemical company in Thailand is allying with GE Energy and General Carbon Pte. Ltd. (GCPL) to register a proposed cogeneration power plant at its petrochemical complex in Rayong province as a milestone Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. The CDM program is an international emissions-reduction initiative overseen by the United Nations.

IRPC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with GE and GCPL to seek project approval from the board that oversees the CDM program. If approved, IRPC would become the first company to receive certified emissions reduction credits (CERs) for reducing emissions after converting to a new energy technology that uses cleaner-burning natural gas. IRPC plans to replace the petrochemical complex’s older, less-efficient fuel oil power plant with a new, 200 MW, natural gas-fueled cogeneration plant. The project is planned to help improve the facility’s energy efficiency, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air emissions in this industrial area. The proposed cogeneration plant would be powered by six Frame 6B gas turbines supplied by GE Oil & Gas and would provide a cleaner source of power and steam for IRPC’s operations.

The new CHP plant is expected to enable IRPC to reduce its emissions by an estimated 400 000 tons of CO2 equivalents per year, making the project eligible for 400 000 “certified emissions reduction” credits (CERs) that could be sold in the global carbon marketplace. Under the MOU, GCPL plans to develop the project design document and manage the CDM process through to registration with the CDM’s executive board. GCPL also will facilitate the monetization of the carbon credits for IRPC if the natural gas cogeneration plant is successfully registered.

IRPC has been exploring the carbon credit opportunity with GE Energy and GCPL since its initial consideration of the CHP project in 2007. IRPC’s CHP project also could potentially be one of Thailand’s largest CDM projects in terms of volume of CO2 reduced.

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