News of a planned carbon capture plant in the UK has emerged from Switzerland, where Foster Wheeler AG announced that a consortium including its UK-headquartered subsidiary is in agreement to perform pre-FEED services.

Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, part of the company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group, has entered into the technical services agreement with E.ON UK plc.

The consortium is to perform the pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) for a post-combustion carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant, proposed as part of E.ON’s new supercritical coal-fired power station in Kent, England.

Foster Wheeler’s consortium partner for the project is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) of Japan and the deal will be included in the company’s second-quarter 2009 bookings.

E.ON is planning to replace its existing coal-fired units at Kingsnorth Power Station with two new high efficiency units using the latest ‘supercritical’ technology, to produce power from coal more efficiently and cleanly than ever before in the UK.

The work to be undertaken by the Foster Wheeler/MHI consortium will support E.ON’s application to the UK Government for the funding of a carbon capture and storage demonstration project.

The CO2 capture plant will be designed to separate and capture CO2 from the flue gas generated by the coal-fired units, enabling the CO2 to be transported and stored permanently within a depleted gas reservoir under the North Sea - rather than being released into the atmosphere.

The project is expected to initially capture around two million tonnes per annum of CO2, with provisions for future expansion.

Commenting on Foster Wheeler’s involvement in the project, Foster Wheeler Energy Limited’s Chairman and CEO Michael J. Beaumont said, “Foster Wheeler is very pleased to be working with E.ON UK plc on this landmark project.”

“We will combine our in-depth technical knowledge of CO2 capture and our reputation for delivering high quality FEEDs, with MHI’s CO2 capture technology, to support E.ON in establishing a robust basis upon which this project can proceed.”