A edie news story (UK) reports that A 'clean coal' plant that would capture and bury most of its carbon emissions could become the first coal-fueled power station to be built in the UK since the seventies, under plans announced by British Gas owner Centrica.
Carbon from the Teesside plant would be pumped for storage under the North Sea.
The £1bn plant would produce almost zero emissions and would be the first in the UK built with carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to Centrica.
The Teesside plant would produce a sixth of the carbon emissions of a traditional coal-fired power station, and capture over 80% of it, giving overall carbon emissions equivalent to less than 4% of those of a traditional coal plant.
The plant would use the "integrated gasification combined cycle" (IGCC) process, which has not been used before in the UK. This process enables capture of a particularly high portion of both the criteria emissions and CO2. IGCC involves crushing coal into a powder, gasifying the coal, and carbon capture before burning the gas for production of electricity.
Each megawatt hour of electricity generated by the Teesside plant would produce around 0.15 tonnes of carbon, compared with 0.9 tonnes for a traditional coal-fired plant, or 0.45 for a gas-fired plant, the company said.
Construction of the Teesside plant could start in two years, following a development period while Centrica assesses the economics and viability of the project which it nevertheless says is almost certain to go ahead.
By 2012-13, the plant could be supplying 800MW of electricity - enough to heat and light one million homes - to British Gas customers.