DOE taps Houston company's facility to advance carbon capture, storage infrastructure
Earlier this month, a Houston power company was selected by the Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations for a cost-sharing agreement for a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project.
Calpine's Baytown Decarbonization project is projected to capture and store about two million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. The Baytown Energy Center is an existing 896-megawatt natural gas combined heat and power facility, according to a news release, "that provides steam and power to the adjacent Covestro chemicals manufacturing facility as well as power to the Texas electric grid."
The project will add post-combustion carbon capture equipment that will reduce the emissions intensity of two of its three combustion turbines at a design capture rate of 95 percent. In addition to the Baytown project, the DOE also selected Calpine’s carbon capture project at its Sutter Energy Center in California.
“We are very pleased and honored that the DOE has recognized the quality of this project and the strength of Calpine’s CCS program,” Thad Hill, CEO of Calpine Corp., says in the release. “We are looking forward to working with the DOE to finalize the cost-sharing agreement and with our other stakeholders to advance the development of the Baytown Decarbonization Project. Carbon capture is an important technology for decarbonizing the electricity sector and the economy. Calpine is very grateful for the commitment and support for the project by our stakeholders.”
The Baytown Decarbonization Project is being developed collaboratively with local stakeholders in East Houston. In addition to expanding full-time job opportunities, Calpine will enhance workforce development programs, target procurement with diverse and small business enterprises, and work with local schools and other organizations.
"This is a critical step towards decarbonizing Calpine’s facility, which is located on our Covestro Baytown site,” Demetri Zervoudis, Covestro head of operations for North America and Baytown site general manager, says in the release. “Carbon capture and storage technology is an important tool for the chemical industry to reduce carbon emissions, and it is encouraging to see Calpine at the forefront of this transition.”