Basin Electric participates in carbon capture panel

Basin Electric participated on a panel at the Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCOR) meeting on Sept. 14 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The meeting focused on efforts to evaluate a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage project at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station located outside of Gillette, Wyoming. 

With an ever-increasing focus on CO2 policy and the passage of legislation to increase the tax credits available for CO2 capture and storage, the meeting was one of the largest in PCOR’s history. Basin Electric, along with representatives from the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, and Membrane Technology Research Inc. (MTR), provided an overview of the plans and current progress at Dry Fork Station. To date, significant research has been done by the University of Wyoming with help from the Department of Energy (DOE) on researching, evaluating, and developing a carbon capture well beside Dry Fork Station. The geology beside the plant has been proven to provide a suitable location to sequester CO2 if the capture technology can be developed at Dry Fork Station.

Basin Electric and DOE are working simultaneously on two projects to evaluate the feasibility of MTR’s technology. The first is a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study which will evaluate how the technology would be incorporated into the plant's operation should the pilot plant be successful. The other involves MTR and the DOE developing a 10-megawatt pilot plant to prove the technology would work at the plant. Construction is set to begin in 2023 with plans to be operational in 2024.

Normally the pilot plant would be completed and operational before the FEED study would begin, but the timing of DOE funding necessitated the two projects run concurrently. However, any decisions on incorporating the technology into the plant will not happen until the pilot plant has been built and operative for a period of time.   

“The information at the meeting was well received by the PCOR participants. Many were anxious to learn about the project and the prospect of a zero or near-zero emission coal-based power plant sometime in the near future,” said Dale Niezwaag, Basin Electric vice president of government relations.

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