Almost no CO2: US firm to build world’s first carbon captured gas power plant

North Carolina clean energy company Net Power plans to build the world’s first utility-scale gas power plant in Texas that will emit almost no CO2 thanks to its carbon capture system.

This burns natural gas with pure oxygen and uses “supercritical” carbon dioxide to drive a turbine, the company says.

The system was tested successfully last year on a 50MW demonstration project near the Texan town of La Porte.

The new 300MW project will break ground during the third quarter of 2024 near Odessa, Texas, and will enter service in 2026.

The “Serial #1 Utility Scale Plant”, as it will be officially titled, will be built at a site owned by Occidental Petroleum, Net Power’s largest shareholder.

Some 860,000 tonnes of captured carbon will be transported each year to an underground sequestration site through Occidental’s existing Permian CO2 handling infrastructure.

Net Power chief executive Ron DeGregorio said they worked with Baker Hughes to commercialise the Net Power system.

He said the Odessa plant would provide “a clear and meaningful pathway to near emission-free reliable power”.

Full front-end engineering design work begins in the first quarter of 2023.

Further reading:

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  • $3bn gas power station planned for West Virginia
  • Gas from gas: Bechtel to design first-of-its-kind refinery in Texas

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