Hanson helping capture the future

A rendering of a power plant, as seen from a tree-lined roadway.
This Hanson-generated 3D rendering shows the proposed CWLP carbon capture towers.

Hanson is working on two front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in support of carbon capture technology in Illinois. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected Prairie State Generating Co.’s 816-megawatt Unit 2 in Marissa and City Water, Light and Power’s (CWLP) 200-megawatt Dallman Unit 4 in Springfield for FEED studies, with the CWLP project also funded for large-scale pilot testing. As two of only a handful of coal-fired power plants in Illinois, both of which burn Illinois-sourced coal, carbon capture technology is important to the reduction of carbon emissions to mitigate global climate change.

Hanson has been involved with both coal-fired units since their construction, providing environmental, civil, geotechnical and structural design, literally seeing them built from the ground up. For the FEED studies, Hanson’s knowledge of the sites continues to be used through survey, geotechnical, civil and structural work and 3D rendering.

The University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute is managing both projects, using two different solvent-based technologies for the studies: a Linde-BASF system at CWLP and a Mitsubishi process at Prairie State. The university’s staff brings technical expertise to the designs for the projects and governmental oversight of the allocated DOE funds. For the CWLP project, the DOE has allotted $47 million, with the state of Illinois committing an additional $20 million to the cost of the project’s final phase: detailed engineering, construction and the operation of a 10-megawatt, post-combustion carbon dioxide capture system to process the power plant’s flue gas. The Prairie State project has received $14 million from the DOE to finalize the FEED study there.

The DOE will gain a more detailed understanding of carbon capture costs because of the FEED studies completed for carbon capture systems at actual sites. These studies help define the scope of retrofit projects based on project-specific decisions, technology-specific performance, site-specific requirements and client-specific needs. The various design and engineering deliverables also help define the commodity quantities, equipment specifications and labor effort required to execute the project. These FEED study deliverables are prepared with the intent to develop an overall project capital cost estimate within plus or minus 15% accuracy. Once the FEED scope is defined, detailed design can commence to integrate the carbon capture system with the facility.

Contact Matt Heyen at mheyen@hanson-inc.com to learn more about carbon capture.