Honeywell’s UOP Selected to Provide Technology for First Clean Coal Power Station in the United Kingdom
New gasification plant will be the first in Europe to incorporate carbon capture and storage technology for cleaner power generation
DES PLAINES, Ill. -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that its technology has been selected by Powerfuel Power Ltd. to capture and remove contaminants from synthesis gas (syngas) made from coal for a new clean coal power station in the United Kingdom.
The UOP Selexol™ process technology was selected to remove sulfur and carbon dioxide from syngas in order to meet aggressive environmental targets for Powerfuel’s Hatfield Colliery clean coal power station to be built in Stainforth, South Yorkshire.
The Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant, built adjacent to the Hatfield coal mining operation, is scheduled to start operation in 2013 and use syngas from coal to generate 900 megawatts of power. Powerfuel’s new facility will be the first clean-power coal station in Europe and is designed for up to 90 percent overall carbon capture.
“Supplying cleaner coal power is imperative with rising energy demand and growing concerns over energy independence and carbon emissions. Our goal is to offer an energy solution for Europe with near-zero emissions,” said Grant Budge, Powerfuel director. “UOP’s technology is an important part of achieving this goal.”
UOP’s Selexol process uses a physical solvent to remove acid gas from streams of syngas or natural gas. In the new Hatfield plant, the Selexol unit will remove virtually all sulfur species and contain them for further treatment in a sulfur removal unit. The unit will also remove 97 percent of the carbon dioxide contained in the syngas, a key contribution to overall carbon capture of the facility.
“We are honored to be a part of such an important endeavor,” said Peter Piotrowski, senior vice president of UOP Process Technology and Equipment. “As needs shift and energy demand grows, we are prepared to bring our customers the technologies and products that fulfill their business goals.”
More than 55 Selexol process units have been designed and put into commercial service since the technology was first introduced. The Selexol process continues to be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from natural gas to synthetic gas, and has been the dominant acid-gas removal system selection in gasification project awards within the past ten years.
Powerfuel Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Powerfuel plc., is an independent power provider for the United Kingdom.
UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Specialty Materials strategic business group. For more information, go to www.uop.com.
Honeywell International is a $37 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
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