Two Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plants Planned for Texas
Texas Energy Future Holdings Limited Partnership (TEF), the holding company formed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and Texas Pacific Group (TPG) to acquire TXU, and TXU announced today that they have started the planning process for two integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) commercial demonstration plants to be located in Texas.
In connection with this plan, TXU will issue a request for proposal
(RFP) from companies offering coal gasification technologies with carbon
dioxide capture. TXU's new Sustainable Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) will
review the proposals. The SEAB is comprised of individuals who represent
the following interests: the environment, customers, Texas economic
development and ERCOT reliability standards, including representatives from
Environmental Defense and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
"We have been listening to and following the lead of Governor Perry,
legislators and interested parties all over Texas. We are announcing our
intention to dedicate two sites for these new facilities. We are inviting
representatives from communities across the state to contact the company
with their views on the various site options. It's time to start exploring
how we bring better technology to Texas so we can generate clean,
affordable, reliable power in the future," said Michael MacDougall of TPG.
"This project is further evidence of TXU's new commitment to move
forward immediately to develop the next generation of low-cost,
clean-burning technologies," said Mike Childers, CEO of TXU Generation
Development. "This project will enhance our selected vendors' ability to
drive toward technical leadership across a range of the newest, most
environmentally efficient technologies."
This RFP represents the first stage of TXU
's new commitment,
per the recently announced merger agreement, to explore the potential of
IGCC technology to meet Texas' energy reliability requirements.
From the proposals received, TXU will select two or more competing IGCC
technologies that can be developed and commercially deployed with carbon
dioxide capture in power plants utilizing Powder River Basin (PRB) and
lignite coals, respectively, as the primary fuel source. This project will
focus on driving efficiency improvements, emissions reductions and
technological breakthroughs that could enable IGCC to meet the growing
energy needs of Texas. Linking the technological expertise of selected
providers with TXU's operational expertise will create a combination
capable of redefining research and development in the power sector.
Selected partner companies will be focused on two major objectives: (1)
research and development aimed at improving the efficiency, cost profile
and environmental performance of gasification technologies; and (2)
front-end engineering and development for IGCC units at existing sites
originally reserved for the now-suspended pulverized coal units. One of the
new facilities will use PRB and the other will use lignite coal, making it
among the first lignite IGCC power plants in the country. In addition, the
identified plant sites will be well-situated to support carbon capture and
sequestration projects. If acceptable proposals are submitted in response
to the RFP, these new facilities could be the first power plants in the
world to separate and sequester carbon dioxide.
"The deregulated Texas market has unleashed the spirit of innovation.
This initiative represents the next step toward meeting Texas' future power
needs with the most reliable, economic, and environmentally efficient power
supply," said Fred Goltz of KKR.
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