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Foster Wheeler to lead flagship CCS scheme

Power consultant Foster Wheeler has today been selected to lead a flagship carbon capture and storage (CCS) is South Yorkshire by its developer 2Co Power.

Foster Wheeler will become project management consultant for the £3bn Don Valley Power Project at Stainforth in South Yorkshire.

The planned 650MW scheme near Hatfield Colliery will provide low carbon electricity to the equivalent of around a million UK homes, capturing at least 90% of what would otherwise be its entire CO2 output (up to 5M.t a year). Planning permission for the power plant has already been granted making it well placed to start main construction activities in 2013.

When built, The Don Valley Power Project will combine a coal gasification plant, with CO2 capture on all of the plant, with a conventional style gas-fired power station but one that is fired by a hydrogen-rich fuel. The captured carbon is intended to transported into the North Sea and the project has already attracted €180M (£150M) of European Union funding.

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