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Puertollano IGCC Pilot

Brief description:


Country: Spain

Scale: Small

Status: Operative

Industry: Coal Power Plant

MW capacity: 14

Capture method: Pre-combustion

New or retrofit: Retrofit
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided


Puertollano plant

ELCOGAS has developed a pilot CO2 capture plant integrated into its coal-fuelled 335MW Puertollano IGCC facility, demonstrating the potential of pre-combustion technology for CO2 capture at plant of this type.

The pilot captures 90% of emissions from 14MW of electricity production, or 100 tonnes per day. The first CO2 was captured in September 2010, and characterisation tests ended in June 2011.

The project aims to demonstrate the viability of the technology at industrial scale as well as the feasibility of CO2 capture alongside hydrogen and electricity production. The company ultimately aims to scale up the technology for the full capacity of the plant if the technology and process proves economically viable.

The University of Castile-La Mancha and Spanish research institutions INCAR-CSIC and CIEMAT are also involved in the project. ELCOGAS has been operating the Puertollano plant since 1996 and converted it to IGCC in 1998.


Work to date has cost €13.4 million. The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and the regional government have provided €7 million under the “advanced technology for CO2 conversion, capture and storage” initiative.