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World’s Largest Carbon Capture Plant Begins Operation in Texas

January 24, 2017

NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation have begun operations of the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system.

The Petra Nova coal power plant has already delivered more than 100,000 tons of captured carbon dioxide to a field through an 80-mile pipeline. Final performance acceptance testing recently was completed in late 2016. During performance testing, the system met all performance criteria including capturing more than 90% of carbon dioxide off an existing coal-fueled electrical generating unit. At this level of operation, Petra Nova can capture more than 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide per day, which is the equivalent of taking more than 350,000 cars off the road. 

Both a win for job creation and the environment, Petra Nova shows an economic path to make existing and new fossil fuel plants significantly more environmentally viable. At peak construction, over 500 people were working on the project. Christopher Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, stated “As the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system, the Petra Nova project confirms that carbon capture and storage technologies can play a critical role in ensuring the Nation’s energy security and providing good jobs for American workers, all while helping us reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.”

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