Partnership captures carbon

Fluor and E.ON Energie have formed a strategic partnership for the development of a retrofitted pilot plant using Fluor’s Econamine FG+ carbon capture technology.



The pilot facility will start operating in 2010 at E.ON’s coal-fired power plant in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.



The partnership aims to enhance the technology and to demonstrate its application to safely separate carbon from the flue gas of a coal-fired power plant using monoethanolamine (MEA) as the solvent for efficient capture of C02.



‘Working jointly with E.ON Energie on this project, we are seeking to enhance our technology for use with existing and future coal plants,’ said David Constable, president of Fluor’s Power Group. ‘We currently have 25 licensed Econamine plants already in commercial operation, many to produce chemical or food grade CO2, and an additional 10 Econamine FG+ licenses sold that will commence commercial operations within the next 18 to 24 months.’



According to Fluor, the pilot plant will be designed for a flue gas volume flow of about 16,000m3 per hour.