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Fluor Wins Project Tundra CCS FEED Project (Ind. Report)
Fluor, Project Tundra
Date: 2020-05-29
Houston headquartered Fluor Corp. reports it has been awarded the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for Minnkota Power Coop's Project Tundra, a carbon capture, utilization and storage retrofit project at the Milton R. Young Station in Center, North Dakota. The work is expected to be completed in Q1, 2021.

For its scope of work, Fluor will leverage its proprietary Econamine FG Plus carbon capture technology -- an energy-efficient and cost-effective process for the removal of CO2 from flue gas streams. The process will incorporate Fluor's advanced solvent formulation together with a number of patented energy savings features.

The FEED is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy and managed by its National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) as part of a larger initiative to advance carbon capture technology development. (Source: Fluor Corp., PR, Chem Engineering, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Fluor Corp., www.fluor.com; Minnkota Power Coop, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Project Tundra,  Fluor,  


UND EERC Advancing Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center
Date: 2020-05-22
The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) reports it has been awarded nearly $17 million last month from the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy for a project that will directly support Project Tundra, a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research and development project led by Grand Forks-based Minnkota Power Cooperative. The EERC is the lead on the CarbonSAFE effort, which is a facet of the project that is looking at CO2 storage options for Project Tundra, according to the release.

Another $7.9 million in non-DOE funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), through Minnkota, as well as Computer Modelling Group Ltd. and Schlumberger, brings the total funding to $24.9 million for the CarbonSAFE Phase III project. DOE recently awarded a total of $131 million for cost-shared R&D CCUS projects in the U.S.

Project Tundra is currently in the advanced R&D phase. If the project moves forward, construction will commence in 2022–2023. (Source: UND Today, University of North Dakota, PR, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power Co-op, Mac McLennan, Pres., CEO, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; UND EERC, Charlie Gorecki, CEO, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center news,  Project Tundra news,  CCS news,  Minnkota news,  


NM Tech Funded for $22Mn CCS Study (Ind. Report, Funding)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Date: 2020-04-29
The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) is reporting receipt of $17.5 million in US DOE funding to study the safe storage of CO2 in underground saline reservoirs near the San Juan Generating Station. An additional $4.4 million in afunding will come from Enchant Energy and NM Tech funds.

The data obtained from the $22 million effort will be used to prepare, submit and obtain a permit to construction a Class VI well to store CO2 captured from the power plant if Enchant Energy successfully retrofits San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology. The Class VI wells are intended to store carbon dioxide in a safe and secure manner for at least 990 years.

Other recently funded CCS projects include:

  • Approximately $25.4 million for the Illinois Storage Corridor

  • Nearly $23.6 million for an early carbon dioxide storage complex in Kemper County, Mississippi

  • Roughly $25 million for a carbon dioxide storage well project in North Dakota as part of Minnkota Power's Project Tundra

  • About $19.1 million for a storage complex project in Campbell County, Wyoming, that would use CO2 captured from the coal-fired Dry Fork Station. (Source: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Farmington Daily Times, 27 April, 2020) Contact: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Robert Balch, Dir, Petroleum Recovery Research Center at New Mexico Tech, 575-835-5434, www.nmt.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage,  CCS,  CO2,  New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology ,  


  • MinnKota Power Touting Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Minnkota Power
    Date: 2020-03-30
    Further to our 14th Jan., 2019 coverage, Grand Forks, Minnesota-based Minnkota Power Cooperative reports its planned Project Tundra CCS project is expected to capture 90 pct of carbon emissions from a single unit of the 455-MW lignite coal-fired 1970s-era Milton R. Young Station power plant in the city of Center. The project calls for carbon to be pumped into an underground geologic storage area on land underneath the lignite mine that supplies coal to the plant.

    The planned project has received $30 million in federal and $15 million funding from the North Dakota Lignite Research Fund. The University of North Dakota is collaborating with Minnkota on developing the system with ALLETE Clean Energy and ALLETE subsidiary BNI Energy assisting with the development. (Source: Minnkota Power,Ap., 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Project Tundra, www.projecttundrand.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnkota Power ,  CCS,  Allete,  


    MinnKota Power Touts $1Bn Carbon-Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    Lignite Energy Council
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Grand Forks, North Dakota-headquartered MinnKota Power Cooperative reports it plans to construct Project Tundra, a $1 billion carbon capture unit at its existing Milton R. Young Unit 2 plant near Center, North Dakota. Work is projected to get underway this year for completion and commissioning in 2025.

    roject Tundra could potentially capture up to 95 pct of the Milton R. Young plant's carbon emissions which could then be used for enhanced oil recovery or stored in underground rock formations.

    To advance the project, MinnKota will reportedly apply for $15 million in federal DOE grant funding which will be matched by the state for a total of $30 million to study and design of the project plan.

    The Lignite Energy Council, and other proponents are reportedly working to ensure state policy will create a friendly environment for Project Tundra which they claim is important to the state in terms of enhanced oil production, reducing carbon emissions, guaranteeing a reliable and cost-effective source of energy, and preserving the lignite coal industry. (Source: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Forum News Service, 12 Jan., 2019) Contact: MinnKota Power Cooperative, Stacey Dahl, External Affairs, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, (701) 258-7117, www.lignite.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  MinnKota Power,  Lignite Energy Council,  


    UNDEERC CO2 Emissions Project Scores $6Mn Funding (Funding)
    University of North Dakota
    Date: 2018-02-19
    In Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) is reporting receipt of $6 million in US DOE funding for Project Tundra, an ongoing EERC initiative to develop technology to reduce coal-fired power plant carbon dioxide emissions and to retrofit the Milton R. Young Station, near Center, N.D. with a carbon capture system.

    The $6 million grant would also cover a feasibility study to determine if the carbon capture technology is commercially viable for use at other facilities. The carbon capture effort comes alongside other research at the EERC intended to make coal and natural gas-fired power plants more efficient using Allam Cycle technology.

    Project Tundra is seen as instrumental to preserving North Dakota's energy sector, which includes a major base in lignite coal. (Source: UND EERC, Grand Forks Herald, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: UNDEERC, (701) 777-5000, www.undeerc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  University of North Dakota ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  Coal,  

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