Alstom and PGE Elektrownia Belchatów S.A. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the development and implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at the Belchatów power plant in Poland. In a first phase, Alstom will design and construct a pilot carbon capture plant at the existing unit 12 of the Belchatów power plant, which would capture approximately 100 000 tonnes per year of CO2 using Alstom’s advanced amines technology. The pilot will be jointly operated by Alstom and Elektrownia Belchatów and is expected to be in operation by mid-2011.
During the second phase, Alstom and PGE plan to build a larger CCS project to capture CO2 produced by the new 858 MW lignite-fired unit currently being built by Alstom for Elektrownia Belchatów. This CCS plant will be in operation by 2015.