The ERORA Group LLC of Louisville, Kentucky, an independent power developer, is developing an IGCC power plant near Taylorville, Illinois. It has signed a license agreement with GE Energy, authorizing the use of GE's gasification technology for a proposed power generating station. GE also has been selected to provide the process design for the gasification portion of the facility and the power island. The plant would be fueled with Illinois basin coal and would generate approximately 770 gross megawatts of power, with additional consideration for co-production of products derived from synthesis gas. Construction is set to begin in 2007, with the facility expected to begin commercial operation in 2010.
The project received a major boost recently when Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced $5 million in public and private support. ERORA will receive $2.5 million for front-end engineering and design work from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and another $2.5 million from the public-private Illinois Clean Coal Review Board.
I just want to keep reminding every one that IGCC Is coming. The construction schedule is quite aggressive and it will be one of the first if not the first IGCC plant to be completed. BTW I just read that it is anticipated that over 75% of new coal fired power plants built after 2010 would be IGCC plants. I would have hoped that it would be higher, unless a better technology, like direct carbon fuel cells, comes along faster than anticipated.
GE Gasification Technology Licensed for Proposed IGCC Plant in Illinois, press release, ERORA Group LLC of Louisville, Kentucky, January 23, 2006