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Largest Carbon Capture Plant in World to Open in Texas

October 13, 2016

The carbon capture system under construction at a coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston, TX is scheduled to be operational before the end of the year. The facility will be the largest post-combustion carbon capture system on an existing power plant in the world and is designed to capture about 90% of the carbon dioxide from a 240-MW slipstream of flue gas and sequester 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases a year.

The captured carbon dioxide will be pumped to depleted wells in an oilfield located 82 miles away, where it will be injected into the West Ranch oil field in Jackson County, Texas for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), where an estimated 60 million barrels of oil could be recovered using EOR.

The Petra Nova facility is being built by a joint venture of NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration at NRG’s W.S. Parish coal-fired plant.

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