Clean Coal Power Initiative: Round 2

Abstract - Southern Company Services, Inc.


Applicant: Southern Company Services, Inc.
Address: 600 North 18th Street
Birmingham, AL   35203
Congressional District: Alabama Districts 6 and 7
Team Members: Southern Company Services
Birmingham, AL   35291
Congressional District:  Alabama Districts 6 and 7
  Southern Power Company
Birmingham, AL   35291
Congressional District:  Alabama Districts 6 and 7
  Orlando Utilities Commission
Orlando, FL   32802
Congressional District:  Florida District 8
  Kellogg Brown and Root
Houston, TX   77002
Congressional District:  Texas District 18
Proposal Title: Demonstration of a 285 MW Coal-Based Transport Gasifier
Technology Type: Conversion (Gasification)
Total Estimated Cost: $ 557,055,819
Estimated DOE Share: $ 235,000,000
Estimated Private Share: $ 322,055,819
Anticipated Project Site: Orlando, Orange County, FL   32802
Congressional District:  Florida District 24
Type of coal to be used: U.S. Powder River Basin (sub-bituminous)
Size or scale of project: 3,300 Tons of coal/day input;  285 MW electrical
Duration of proposed project: 114 Months
PRIMARY CONTACT: Randall Rush
Director - Power Systems Development Facility
Southern Company Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1069
Wilsonville, AL   35186
Telephone:  205-670-5842
E-mail: rerush@southernco.com
Alternative Contact: Tim Pinkston
Technology Manager - Power Systems Development Facility
Southern Company Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 1069
Wilsonville, AL   35186
Telephone: 205-670-5860
E-mail: tepinkst@southernco.com

Brief Description of Project:
Demonstration of an air-blown integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant based on the transport gasifier is proposed. The transport gasifier is based on Kellogg Brown and Root's catalytic cracking technology that has been used successfully for over 50 years in the petroleum refining industry. The transport gasifier offers a simpler and more robust method for generating power from coal than other alternatives. It is unique among coal gasification technologies in that it is cost-effective when handling low rank coals and when using coals with high moisture or high ash content. These coals make up half the proven reserves in both the U. S. and the world. Moreover, the transport gasifier is capable of both air- and oxygen-blown operation. This inherent flexibility will allow it to readily adapt to other applications beyond power generation including chemical production and possible future carbon management requirements.

The Demonstration Plant will be built in Orange County, Florida and co-owned by Orlando Utilities Commission and Southern Power Company. It will gasify sub-bituminous coal and generate 285 megawatts (MW) of electricity (net) at a heat rate of 8,400 Btu/kWh (40.6 percent efficiency - higher heating value basis). The Demonstration Plant will use state-of the-art emission controls and will be the cleanest, most efficient coal-fired power plant technology in the world. Future units based on the Demonstration Plant design will be 600 MW-class units running at efficiencies near 41.5 percent.


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