2010 Worldwide Gasification Database

Growth Planned Through 2016 by Region

Syngas Capacity by Region

The “World Gasification Capacity and Planned Growth – by Region” chart shows the gasification capacity for projects that are operating, under construction, and projects that are still being planned for each major region of the world from 2011 through 2016. Regional growth is led by North America, Asia/Australia, and Europe.

World Gasification Capacity (MWth) and Planned Growth - by Region 

World Gasification Capacity (MWth) and Planned Growth - by Region

North America

Capacity in North America may increase by 27,240 MWth from its present capacity of 7.191 MWth, accounting for 53% of the planned worldwide capacity increase. This includes Duke's Edwardsport Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Plant and Mississippi Power's Kemper County IGCC, both plants are presently under construction. Nineteen plants are to come online in the North American region from 2011 through 2016; all but one are to be built in the United States. The exception is a coal-based IGCC plant to be located in Canada. Ten will generate power – three using petcoke and seven using coal. Four plants will produce gaseous fuels – two using petcoke, one using coal, and one using a combination of both. Two chemical plants – one feeding coal, and one using petcoke, and three coal-to-liquids plants are also in the planning stage.


Syngas capacity growth in Asia/Australia will be the second largest of all world regions, with 25 new plants to be added and capacity plans for 2011 through 2016 totaling 20,811 MWth – a growth rate for that region of 79% from its 2010 level of 26,418 MWth. Seventeen of the plants will be in China, all processing coal – 14 to produce chemicals and three to produce power. South Korea is planning to build three plants that utilize coal – one to produce synthetic natural gas (SNG) and two to generate power. Australia is planning three coal-based plants, two for chemical production, and one for power. Vietnam is planning one plant to produce chemicals from coal. Mongolia is planning to build two coal-based plants one to produce liquid fuels, and the other for chemicals. Seven of the eight plants that are under construction are being built in China, one project is under construction in Vietnam.


European capacity is expected to grow by 28% from 2011 through 2016 with the addition of 3,237 MWth from four facilities, two coal-based IGCC plants planned for Great Britain two small biomass plants, and Nuon's Magnum IGCC plant is under construction in the Netherlands. One biomass fed plant in Spain will produce chemicals, and another in France will produce liquid transportation fuels.

Africa/Middle East

No capacity additions are expected beyond those of the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant (operational in 2010) in the Africa/Middle East region from 2011 to 2016.

Central/South America

No new capacity growth is expected in the Central/South American region through 2016 from its 2010 level of 716 MWth.


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