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NRG Energy, JX Nippon Complete World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Facility On-Budget and On-Schedule
--Part of NRG Energy’s overall fossil fuel decarbonization strategy--
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Sixteen-foot diameter ductwork takes flue gas from the coal plant to the carbon capture facility where the CO2 is removed from the flue gas by the amine solution in the tall absorption tower and then separated from the amine as 99.9% pure CO2 in the smaller regenerator tower to the right before being compressed and delivered to the oil field.(Photo: Business Wire)
“Completion of the Petra Nova project is an important milestone in our
quest to help ensure reliable, affordable and increasingly cleaner
energy from fossil fuels,” said
Petra Nova first captured carbon dioxide (CO2) on
“JX Nippon is very pleased to see the construction of the Carbon Capture
System completed and operations commencing as planned, thanks to the
great effort made by the Petra Nova team,” said
Construction on the Petra Nova project began in 2014 with a goal to be operational by the end of 2016. With construction completed, on-budget and on-schedule, the Petra Nova carbon capture facility has achieved this goal.
“NRG and JX Nippon’s Petra Nova is the type of innovative,
technologically advanced project that proves time and again that
“To date we have drilled nearly 100 new wells in the
Petra Nova is 50-50 joint venture by NRG and JX Nippon. Additionally,
Petra Nova uses the KM-CDR Process®, jointly developed by
By being built on an existing coal unit, Petra Nova shows an economic path to make existing and new fossil fuel plants significantly more environmentally viable as we transition to more sustainable energy future.
In addition to Petra Nova, NRG is helping to build a lower-carbon energy future in multiple ways including a growing renewable energy portfolio, the development of fast start, flexible natural gas turbines, which are low carbon in their own right and help to integrate renewables into the grid, and coal to gas conversions and additions. NRG operates more than 7,000 megawatts of fast start natural gas and has modified more than 2,780 megawatts of older coal-fueled steam generation to use cleaner burning natural gas, reducing their carbon intensity roughly by half. These efforts are the foundation of NRG’s commitment to achieve NRG Energy’s carbon reduction goals of 50% by 2030 and 90% by 2050.
NRG, JX Nippon and Hilcorp expect to host a ribbon cutting at the site in the first half of 2017.
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive electric
generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune
200 company, NRG creates value through best in class operations,
reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform
serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity
customers, large and small, we continually innovate, embrace and
implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy. We
aim to be pioneers in developing smarter energy choices and delivering
exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost 3
million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.
More information is available at www.nrg.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements are
subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions and include
NRG’s expectations regarding the post-combustion carbon capture unit at
NRG’s WA Parish plant and forward-looking statements typically can be
identified by the use of words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe,” and
similar terms. Although NRG believes that its expectations are
reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove
to have been correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
contemplated above include, among others, general economic conditions,
hazards customary in the power industry, competition in wholesale power
markets, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, failure of customers
to perform under contracts, changes in the wholesale power markets,
changes in government regulation of markets and of environmental
emissions, and our ability to achieve the expected benefits and timing
of the carbon capture-EOR projects. NRG undertakes no obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of
new information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing review of
factors that could cause NRG’s actual results to differ materially from
those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this
news release should be considered in connection with information
regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect NRG’s future results
included in NRG’s filings with the
Petra Nova Construction Materials
729,000 linear feet of cable – equivalent to 138 miles or the distance
from the plant, southwest of
Houston, to Austin, Texas.
- 11,000 cubic yards of concrete – equivalent to filling 126 backyard swimming pools
65,000 linear feet of pipe – enough pipe to stretch up and down the
One World Trade Centerbuilding in New York18 times
- The total weight of the absorber tower alone is almost 1,700 tons. The regenerator next to it adds another 500 tons.
NRG Energy, Inc.
David Knox, 713-824-6445
Lindsey Puchyr, 609-524-4527
Kevin Cole, CFA, 609-524-4526