Shell Catalysts & Technology has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract from Calpine Texas CCUS for a post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facility – and it’s believed to be one of the largest CO2 capture FEED studies ever awarded.

To be based on Shell’s Cansolv CO2 technology for the natural gas combined cycle power plant at Calpine Deer Park Energy Centre in Texas, US, the plant will capture approximately five million tonnes of CO2 annually. 

Under the inked agreement, the FEED study will be supported by Technip Energies on behalf of Shell Catalysts & Technology. 

On the news, Andy Gosse, President of Shell Catalysts & Technologies, said, “We are very proud to work with Calpine as a partner for this pioneering project. Shell’s Cansolv CO2 capture technology has been in operation since 2013, including in a large-scale, commercial, low-pressure application at SaskPower in Canada, where it is designed to capture up to one million tonnes of CO2 annually.

“This project with Calpine represents a step up in scale and will be a flagship project not only for the companies involved, but also in the world of carbon capture and storage.”

Caleb Stephenson, Calpine’s Executive Vice-President of Commercial Operations, added, “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Technip Energies to deploy this innovative emission reduction technology”

“It is our hope that this is just the beginning of what we can accomplish with the right policies, including the enhanced 45Q credit for the power sector that is now being considered in Congress.”

“For Calpine, this is a natural part of a comprehensive strategy that includes a variety of major investments in geothermal, energy storage, and highly-efficient gas plants to power a cleaner future.”