Shell Catalysts & Technologies, Technip Energies and Zachry Group selected for Calpine’s carbon capture unit project in Texas

Shell Catalysts & Technologies, together with Technip Energies and Zachry Group (Zachry), has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a carbon capture unit project at Calpine’s Baytown Energy Center in Texas, U.S.

The project will be designed to capture up to 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from processed flue gas from Calpine’s Baytown Energy Center (BTEC) and a natural gas combined-cycle power plant (CCGT).

Shell Catalysts & Technologies and Technip Energies have a strategic alliance to collaborate on the marketing, licensing and execution of projects using Shell’s CANSOLV* CO2 Capture System technology. The two organizations recently strengthened this alliance, which began in 2012, to enable them to better respond to the rapidly growing carbon capture and storage (CCS) market and the need for affordable and proven solutions.

Zachry’s scope in the FEED study will include outside battery limits (OSBL) engineering for equipment such as utility systems, loading and offloading facilities, operations and maintenance buildings, and site preparation. Zachry will also conduct detailed construction planning and estimating for the overall project, create the final engineering procurement and construction (EPC) cost estimate, and develop the schedule.

Calpine’s BTEC is a natural gas-fired power plant that incorporates combined-cycle and cogeneration technologies for highly efficient operations. The plant consists of three combustion turbines with three heat recovery steam generators and has been recognized as a Showcase Plant by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nick Flinn, Vice President, Decarbonisation Technologies, Shell Catalysts & Technologies, states, “We are delighted to have been selected by Calpine for another CCS project. Building on the success of the ongoing Deer Park CCS project, we look forward to developing more learnings and generating more value together with Calpine by deploying Shell’s CANSOLV technology at Baytown. By working closely with Technip Energies, which is performing the engineering and procurement of the CANSOLV plant, and Zachary Group, which is performing the balance of plant engineering, procurement and construction for the project, we will deliver a complete end-to-end solution for Calpine that could serve as a blueprint in the industry.”

Laure Mandrou, Senior Vice President, Carbon-Free Solutions, Technip Energies, says, “We are currently executing the FEED for carbon capture at Calpine’s power plant at Deer Park, and are pleased to also be selected to execute the FEED for this large carbon-capture project at Baytown. We are fully committed to supporting Calpine in its ambition to decarbonise its assets and to making this project a success, together with our engineering and construction partner Zachry. This award also confirms the robustness of our alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies, which leverages Shell’s CANSOLV technology and our proven execution capability. We are pleased to continue to grow our footprint in the CCS space in the USA and to provide a leading contribution to the decarbonisation of the power industry.”

Mike Kotara, President, Zachry Sustainability Solutions, Zachry Group, says, “We are excited to support Calpine and to contribute to the design of this significant carbon capture project. Zachry Sustainability Solutions is committed to supporting the energy transition through the engineering and construction of decarbonising technologies, including carbon capture, hydrogen/ammonia, renewable fuels and nuclear energy.”

Caleb Stephenson, EVP of Commercial Operations, Calpine, comments, “We are excited about expanding this collaboration, which creates another opportunity for Calpine to provide reliable, clean and affordable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Baytown project is an important part of our far-reaching efforts to showcase the full potential of CCS as a critical emissions-reduction technology and we are eager to continue with its development.”


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