GE Gas Power, Southern Company, Linde, BASF and Kiewit are set to develop a detailed plan for integrating carbon capture technologies with a natural gas combined cycle plant to capture approximately 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Focused on Southern Company subsidiary Alabama Power’s James M. Barry Electric Generating Plant, located in Alabama, the plan will see GE research advanced technology and control concepts to integrate the combined cycle power plant with Linde’s Gen 2 carbon capture solution based on BASF OASE® blue technology.

Already the effort has been recognised and received support from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, with GE Gas Power today (15th Feb) confirming that it will receive an approximately $5.7m funding boost.

Scott Strazik, CEO of GE Power, said, “We are committed to leading a more sustainable power industry that will provide the world with the affordable, reliable, and less carbon-intense electricity it needs today, while maintaining laser-focused on researching, developing, and demonstrating the technologies that will be required for the future.

“GE is pleased that the Department of Energy has recognised the importance of this study and grateful for their support. We look forward to joining forces with Southern Company, Linde, BASF and Kiewit to execute this study focused on the integration of carbon capture technologies on a fully functional natural gas combined cycle power plant to help lower the cost of carbon capture and improve the operability and flexibility of the integrated plant.”

With proven expertise in natural gas combined cycle plant engineering, operability, and plant integration, GE will lead the full-scale integration of the study with the goal of preserving the attributes of a natural gas combined cycle plants that are critical to enable a renewable energy-based future including.

In addition to the above, GE has today (15th Feb) also announced that it has signed an agreement with Linde to strength existing cooperation with a specific focus on exploring carbon capture and storage opportunities in North America.

Om both collaborations, Dominic Cianchetti, Senior Vice-President of Linde Engineering Americas, said, “Developing large- scale decarbonisation solutions for industrial processes and value chains is at the core of Linde’s mission to make the world more productive. Therefore, Linde is pleased to collaborate with GE on developing projects for gas power CO2 capture in North America.”