Foster Wheeler AG has announced that its Milan-based subsidiary Foster Wheeler Italiana S.p.A. has been awarded a FEED contract for a new gasification island to be built in South Korea, by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. (DOOSAN).

The Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) contract covers technical services to the new gasification plant, based on Shell technology, to be built in South Korea.

The plant is to be built in one of the existing coal-fired power plants and the project is partially supported by the Korean government as a part of national Research, Development & Demonstration projects.

DOOSAN is the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractor selected for the realisation of the gasification island of a coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant.

Foster Wheeler will undertake the FEED, provide procurement assistance for long-lead items, develop a capital cost estimate, and provide technical training on gasification and technical support during the EPC phase. The IGCC plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

“We have considerable expertise in gasification and IGCC using a wide range of feedstocks. We believe that coal-based IGCC is an efficient and flexible technology and is part of a portfolio of products offered by Foster Wheeler for clean coal power generation,” said Marco Moresco, CEO of Foster Wheeler Italiana.