Tundra partners embark on CCS studies

16 October 2017

A group of industry partners has embarked on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in North Dakota, USA.

Project Tundra is aiming to install a carbon capture system at the Milton R. Young power station, capturing 95 per cent of the carbon from 65-95 per cent of the plant’s flue gases.

In a first step, Minnkota Power Cooperative and its partners have started the preliminary feasibility studies for the project ahead of installation of a pilot test system at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Centre.

Minnkota says that the pilot plant will be moved to the Milton R. Young power plant in early 2018, where it will operate for 2-3 months. The project will also carry out high-level economic modelling to project capital expenses for the equipment and carbon transport pipeline.

The project partners hope to get state funds as well as US Department of Energy funds, Minnkota said.

Project Tundra is one of a number of CCS research projects underway in the USA.

Earlier this year NRG brought on-line a large-scale carbon capture system at the WA Parish power station in Texas, USA. Petra Nova Carbon Capture is the world’s largest post-combustion CO2 capture system currently in operation and transports and stores the captured carbon to an oil field near Houston for enhanced oil recovery.

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