RTI awards syngas development contract to Shaw

Engineering and construction group Shaw has been awarded a contract by scientific research company RTI to support the development of the company’s new technology for synthesis gas (syngas) cleaning at elevated temperatures.

The contract includes the pre-front-end engineering-design phase, during which Shaw will conduct a study for a 50MW commercial demonstration unit to be built at Tampa Electric’s 250MW integrated gasification combined-cycle power plant in Florida.

The technology, which is designed to eliminate the need for syngas cooling and expensive heat-recovery systems, is expected to significantly reduce the capital and operating costs of such plants.