BP, GE to build 'clean coal' plant in Southern California
Oil giants BP and General Electric Co. announced plans recently to collaborate on a 250-megawatt coal-fired power plant that would employ integrated gasification technology and carbon dioxide capture in Southern California.
The plant is the result of a technology licensing agreement between GE Energy and Hydrogen Energy International, a joint venture of BP and mining giant Rio Tinto.
The proposed plant would gasify petroleum coke, coal or a combination of the two, then send it through chemical scrubbers to filter out carbon dioxide. The gasified coal would power a turbine, while the CO2 would be piped to an adjacent oil field for sequestration and possible enhanced oil recovery. Up to 90 percent of the plant's CO2 emissions would be captured, company officials said.