Emission Capture Study Funded for Paper Industry
This project will focus on capture technology developed by Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) and will take place at Boise's pulp and paper mill near Wallula, Washington. The seven-month study is being funded by the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. It is one of 12 projects totaling
Successful completion of the study could pave the way for pulp, paper, and other industries to use technology that captures carbon dioxide (CO2).
"This study provides us an opportunity to assess the feasibility of safely and permanently storing CO2 in deep underground basalt formations for a commercial-scale operation," said Pete McGrail, Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and chief scientist for the project. Battelle operates PNNL for DOE.
In Phase One, the team will develop a conceptual design for a sequestration system integrated with Fluor's capture system technology that could support injecting about 720,000 tons a year of CO2 into a deep flood basalt formation.
"This project will evaluate the potential for an enhanced competitive position for our
Coupling the capture system with permanent geologic sequestration of the CO2 represents an opportunity for
Fluor will design a customized version of its Econamine FG PlusSM carbon capture technology for operation with the specialized chemical composition of exhaust gases produced from combustion of black liquor fuels. Fluor will determine whether any special modifications are needed to accommodate flue gas produced at the mill, including potential side benefits of reducing emissions of sulfur compounds, which produce odors. The technology has been commercially proven on numerous industrial facilities for more than 20 years. This will be the first use on flue gas for the paper industry.
"Deep flood basalts can play a key role in helping meet global CO2 emissions targets," said McGrail. "Flood basalt formations exist in several locations of the U.S. and in other countries worldwide, such as
According to DOE, projects will be subject to further competitive evaluation in 2010 after successful completion of their Phase One activities. Projects that best demonstrate the ability to address the agency's mission needs will be in the final portfolio that will receive additional funding for design, construction, and operation.
Should the Phase One feasibility evaluation be successful, project partners may propose a second-phase, commercial-design study with funding that could exceed
During the Phase One assessment there will be no construction, drilling, field characterization or CO2 injection. Battelle and
Battelle has completed conceptual designs for more commercial-scale carbon capture and sequestration systems than any organization in the world.
Battelle is the world's largest non-profit independent research and development organization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle also manages or co-manages several national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL employs 4,250 staff, has a
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America's most intractable problems in energy, national security and the environment. PNNL employs 4,250 staff, has a
About Boise Inc.
About Fluor Corporation
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) designs, builds and maintains many of the world's most challenging and complex projects. Through its global network of offices on six continents, the company provides comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 200 company and had revenues of
2008. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.
For further information: Geoff Harvey of Battelle, +1-509-372-6083; or Brian Mershon of Fluor Corporation, +1-864-281-6484; or Karen Punch of Boise Inc., +1-208-384-7037 Web Site: http://www.BoiseInc.com http://www.fluor.com
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Issue date: October 13, 2009
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