In the first phase, Alstom will construct a pilot CCS plant at the facility to capture approximately 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The pilot will be jointly run by Alstom and Elektrownia Belchatów and is scheduled to begin by mid-2011.
Following this, Alstom and PGE will work on a larger CCS project to capture carbon produced by Elektrownia Belchatów’s 858MW lignite-fired unit.
This is expected to be operational by 2015.
The Belchatow CCS initiative is a candidate project for the EU Flagship Programme for Carbon Capture and Storage.
Philippe Joubert, Alstom’s executive vice-president and president, Power Systems, said: ‘This Memorandum of Understanding has enabled Alstom and its partners to play a key role in reducing Poland’s carbon emissions.
‘The agreement is integral to Alstom’s global CO2 strategy, with the large-scale capture plant at Belchatow providing the last step to full commercialisation of our amine-based CO2 capture technology.’