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Foster Wheeler Consortium Awarded Pre-Feed Contract by E.ON UK plc for CO2 Capture Plant

Foster Wheeler logo Foster Wheeler announced that a consortium including its UK-headquartered subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has entered into a technical services agreement with E.ON UK plc to perform the pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) for a post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant proposed as part of E.ON's new supercritical coal-fired power station in Kent, England, UK. Foster Wheeler's consortium partner for the project is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) of Japan.

E.ON is planning to replace its existing coal-fired units at Kingsnorth Power Station with two new high efficiency units using the latest "supercritical" technology to produce power from coal more efficiently and cleanly than ever before in the UK. The work to be undertaken by the Foster Wheeler/MHI consortium will support E.ON's application to the UK Government for funding of a carbon capture and storage demonstration project. The CO2 capture plant will be designed to separate and capture CO2 from the flue gas generated by the coal-fired units, enabling the CO2 to be transported and stored permanently within a depleted gas reservoir under the North Sea, rather than being released into the atmosphere.

Foster Wheeler's scope of work for the CO2 capture facilities is for pre-FEED including the development of the project schedule and cost estimate which will form the basis for project sanction and the subsequent engineering, procurement and construction phase. The project is expected initially to capture approximately two million tonnes per annum of CO2, with provisions for future expansion. The work will be executed by its Business Solutions Group in Reading, UK, which specialises in delivering technically innovative, optimized solutions in a number of industry sectors, including carbon capture and storage.

"Foster Wheeler is very pleased to be working with E.ON UK plc on this landmark project," said Michael J. Beaumont, chairman and chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Energy Limited. "We will combine our in-depth technical knowledge of CO2 capture and our reputation for delivering high quality FEEDs, with MHI's CO2 capture technology, to support E.ON in establishing a robust basis upon which this project can proceed."

Dr. Paul Golby, chief executive, E.ON UK, said: "We're delighted to have such an experienced team on board. The UK Government has shown clear support for the development of cleaner coal with carbon capture and storage so we're keen to push forward with as much of the engineering work as possible in order to ensure the capture plant is designed to completely integrate with the proposed new units."

"We are very pleased to be a part of this important project, as a CO2 capture technology provider as well as consortium partner of Foster Wheeler Energy Limited. This project is an important next step in our business development of the KM-CDR process(TM) for coal-based applications," said Masaki Kimura, general manager, Environmental & Chemical Plant Department, MHI.

Posted 17/06/09

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