Alstom and TransAlta Launch Project Pioneer

Alstom and Canadian power company TransAlta —along with their partners in the governments of Canada and Alberta, and Capital Power, an independent power producer— have announced the creation of a partnership to construct a large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) demonstration facility at one of TransAlta’s coal-fired generating stations in Canada. The project, named Project Pioneer, represents a significant step toward advancing the capture of greenhouse gas emissions.

Project Pioneer will be located at the Keephills 3 power plant and will use Alstom’s proprietary Chilled Ammonia Process, for the capture of CO2 emissions. Keephills 3, a joint venture between Transalta and Capital Power, is a 450 MW supercritical coal fired power plant to be built adjacent to the existing Keephills power plant in Wabamun, Alberta, Canada.

The demonstration project will be able to capture approximately one million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. It will be the first project to capture and store carbon at this magnitude, as well as the first to have its own integrated underground storage system. The project is one of the last major steps required by Alstom prior to commercial availability from 2015 onwards.

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