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Brief description:


Country: Australia

Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

To pilot carbon capture at new IGCC brown coal-fired power plant

Status: Under construction

Capital cost: A$750 million

Year of operation originally 2009
Industry: Coal Power Plant

MW capacity: 10

Capture method: Pre-combustion

New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided


HRL Technology secured funding from Australia’s low emissions technology fund (LETDF) in 2007 for its planned 400MW integrated drying and gasification combined cycle (IDGCC) brown coal-fired power plant at Loy Yang in the Latrobe Valley.

The plant is to be sited close to the Loy Yang coal mine, and aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 40% using pre-combustion CO2 capture technology. This will initially be used at a 10MW pilot scale. Successful development of the technology will lead to oxygen-blown brown coal IGCC suitable for CCS.

HRL has been developing IDGCC - which combines pressurized drying and gasification with combined cycle - for about 15 years, and the method has been tested by HRL at its pilot gasifier at Mulgrave in Melbourne. It aims to first build a 100MW intermediate IDGCC plant as the first commercial demonstration of this patented technology.

The project’s other partner is Harbin Power Engineering (HPE).


The project has been estimated at A$750 million, and has received A$100 million from the state's low emissions technology development fund (LETDF) and A$50 million from the Victoria government’s Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS). The balance is expected to come from private equity. The project received an additional $650 million AUD in funds in August 2014.


Construction of the power plant had been scheduled to begin in 2007, with commercial operation by the end of 2009. However, no details on progress are currently available. The state of Victoria has granted a coal exploration license to cover 40 years operation of the power station.

Media and Press Releases

More funds for carbon capture, August 4, 2014


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