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RWE npower – Tilbury post-combustion project

Brief description:


Country: United Kingdom

Scale: Large

Status: Cancelled

Capital cost: 1 billion GBP

Year of operation 2016
Industry: Coal Power Plant

MW capacity: 1000

Capture method: Post-combustion

Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided


RWE npower had been planning to build and operate a 1000MW supercritical coal power station at the site of its coal and biomass-fired power plant in Tilbury, Essex. The company completed a feasibility study for the plant, which would have incorporated post-combustion capture technology to capture up to 90% of the plant's CO2 emissions per annum. Start-up had been planned for 2016. Tilbury was originally entered into the UK government's first CCS Competition, but did not pre-qualify.

In early 2010, RWE announced that it had begun investigating a new, combined cycle gas turbine plant instead, alongside plans to convert the existing power station to 100% biomass. The company decided in 2011 to pursue plans to refurbish and operate the facility as a dedicated biomass plant. All previous plans were effectively cancelled.

More on Tilbury biomass project here.

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