World's Largest Power Plant CCS Project Is Capturing Carbon
ATLANTA, June 13, 2011
Located at Plant Barry near Mobile, Ala., the CCS facility is the world's largest for a coal-fired generating power plant. It will capture approximately 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually – or the equivalent of emissions from 25 MW – for permanent underground storage in a deep saline geologic formation.
"This is a significant milestone in our continuing efforts to research, develop and implement 21st century coal technologies," said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. "Because coal is a low-cost and abundant natural resource, it is important for Southern Company and the industry to preserve coal as a fuel source."
Commencing operations of the Barry CCS project further solidifies Southern Company's position as the industry leader in carbon capture and storage research and development. In addition to the Barry CCS project, the company is:
- Managing the U.S. Department of Energy's National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama, testing the next generation of technologies to capture carbon dioxide emissions.
- Building a commercial-scale, 582-MW generating plant in Kemper County, Miss., using local lignite and the company's Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG™) technology, with 65 percent carbon capture and re-use.
- Drilling wells to assess geologic suitability for carbon storage at other power plants
- Partnering with universities to train the next generation of CCS engineers and to provide advanced geologic testing capabilities