Minnkota Power Corporation has received a $9.8m grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for its carbon capture project, Project Tundra.

The funding will be used to conduct a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study on Project Tundra’s proposed carbon capture system at the Milton R. Young Station in North Dakota.

“Project Tundra is a unique opportunity for North Dakota to lead the world in the advancement of carbon capture technologies,” said Mac McLennan, Minnkota’s President and CEO.

“This DOE grant will assist us in completing advanced research and engineering design on the project – one of the final steps before deciding whether to move forward and begin construction.”

Project Tundra hopes to equip Unit 2 at the coal-based Milton R. Young Station with technologies that will capture more than 90% of the COemissions. The COwould then be permanently stored in a deep geological formation more than a mile underground.

US Senator John Hoeven helped to prioritise the funding within the federal budget.

“North Dakota is leading the way in developing carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies and these funds will help to advance these efforts, including enabling the completion Project Tundra’s engineering and design study,” said Hoeven.

“Completion of this study will enable the implementation of the technology at the Milton R. Young Station, allowing more than 90% of COemissions to be captured from the station’s Unit 2 generator.”

“Developing and deploying this technology is a win both for consumers, who will continue t have access to affordable energy, and for environmental stewardship.”

Project Tundra is estimated to cost approximately $1bn.

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