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Doosan Forms IGCC Technology Alliance with Korea Western Power
By Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, December 23, 2015

Cooperation mechanism established for seamless operation of IGCC demonstration plants, to create synergies in technological development

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction signed a memorandum of understanding to co-develop advanced integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technologies with Korea Western Power on November 24.


At the signing ceremony, senior executives including Senior Vice President Seog-hyeon Ryu, head of the Corporate R&D Institute at Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, and Dong-seop Kim, head of the engineering division at Korea Western Power signed the agreement to form a technology partnership to ensure successful operation of the Taean IGCC demonstration plant and co-develop power plant technologies.

Senior Vice President Ryu said, 鈥淏y forming this technology partnership, Doosan will gain access to the operational data of the next-generation IGCC plant, and acquire useful information that should enable us to further improve plant design in the future,鈥 adding, 鈥淲e have also established a mechanism that will help us to start new projects and propel technological development simultaneously.鈥

The Taean thermal power complex is Korea鈥檚 first 300MW-class IGCC plant project and the eighth commercialized plant of its kind after those built in the U.S., Japan, and Spain.

Since 2006, Doosan has been in charge of developing advanced IGCC plant technologies as part of a state-funded project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop clean coal technologies.

Last September, Doosan successfully carried out the initial firing of the Taean plant, and will complete the test operation by March 2016, before starting its commercial operation.

South Korean company signs first letter of intent to explore deployment of Kemper technology
December 21, 2015

Taean IGCC demonstration plant

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Generation Technologies has signed a letter of intent with South Korean company Alps Energy and Kellogg, Brown & Root, LLC (KBR) to evaluate the deployment of the company's proprietary coal gasification technology at the new, 1,000-megawatt (MW) Alps Energy power plant in the Saemangeum Industry & Research Area in South Korea. The agreement underscores the significant international interest in Transport Integrated Gasification 鈥 or TRIG鈩 鈥 the 21st century coal technology at the center of Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility.


Jointly developed by Southern Company and KBR, TRIG鈩 is designed to generate electricity from low-rank coal with resulting carbon emissions better than a similarly sized natural gas plant. At least 65 percent of the Kemper project's carbon emissions are expected to be captured and repurposed through enhanced oil recovery, increasing domestic oil production.

"Southern Company is committed to developing real solutions to efficiently generate electricity using all of our domestic energy resources," said Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. "By deploying TRIG鈩 for the first time at the Kemper County energy facility, we are creating a better energy future and improving America's energy security. Our partnership with South Korea's Alps Energy is a continuation of our long-standing commitment to delivering energy solutions that can benefit customers and communities across the U.S. and around the world."

The letter of intent was announced following a visit this week to the Kemper County energy facility involving Southern Company, Alps Energy, KBR and Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency ( leadership.

"Alps is very excited to have entered into this agreement with Southern Company and KBR, who are global leaders in gasification and have successfully demonstrated fluidized bed gasifiers over many decades. We very much look forward to seeing successful initial operations of the Kemper County energy facility and to explore various opportunities to work together with the TRIG鈩 team in our landmark gasification project in Saemangeum," said Alps Group Chairman Kwang-Ouk Bang.

The 582-MW Kemper County energy facility will become the first power plant to use TRIG鈩 technology upon its anticipated completion in 2016.

"The world is coming to Kemper because the design of this plant signifies the ability for other nations to leverage one of the world's most abundant energy sources in a dramatically cleaner way," said Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland. "For Mississippi, this means more reliable, affordable energy for our customers and a cleaner environment for us all, making our state a true global leader in energy development."

The first letter of intent to explore TRIG鈩 deployment, the agreement with Alps Energy represents the sixth agreement with a leading international energy company to explore advanced technologies including TRIG鈩. Earlier this year, Southern Company Services and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) signed a memorandum of understanding to explore 21st century coal technology. Last year, Southern Company announced similar agreements with Shenhua Group Corporation Limited and China Huaneng Group 鈥 two of China's largest energy companies 鈥 as well as with Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute.

Beyond these agreements, Southern Company continues to receive worldwide interest in TRIG鈩 from energy companies in regions with access to abundant supplies of low-rank coal. In addition to playing an important role in the development of TRIG鈩 technology, KBR is the company's partner in licensing TRIG鈩 technology globally.

"TRIG鈩 brings a unique solution to a global challenge 鈥 how to efficiently gasify low-rank coal while helping preserve the environment," said KBR President of Technology and Consulting John Derbyshire. "Low-rank coal comprises about half of the world coal supply, and today there are no technologies apart from TRIG鈩 that can efficiently convert this coal into energy with minimal impact on the environment. We believe TRIG鈩 can help South Korea and other countries with access to low-rank coal to meet their energy challenges."

An industry leader in robust, proprietary research and development, Southern Company has managed more than $2 billion in R&D investments since the 1960s. In addition to operating the National Carbon Capture Center, the Southern Company system's environmental R&D includes conducting the nation's largest demonstration of carbon capture on a pulverized-coal power plant at subsidiary Alabama Power's Plant Barry, as well as partnering with KBR to develop TRIG®.

South Koreans form buying consortium; POSCO to reduce LNG usage
By Abache Abreu and Ruth Liao, April 14, 2014

A group of South Korean companies have agreed to create an LNG buying consortium with the aim of increasing energy security and drive down import costs, South Korea鈥檚 monopoly state-owned buyer KOGAS said in a statement on 9 April. Signatory participants include KOGAS, state-owned power utility Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) and three independent LNG importers including city gas provider SK E&S, steelmaker POSCO and energy group GS Caltex.

KOGAS president and CEO Seok-Hyo Jang said the agreement, signed in South Korea鈥檚 capital Seoul, was aimed at increasing co-operation among public and private companies in upstream investments, terminal usage and LNG procurement, with the ultimate goal of securing stable long-term supply at competitive prices.

With nuclear cutbacks limiting the country鈥檚 power generation capacity and seasonal temperature fluctuations increasing the chances of power shortages, the consortium could help increase procurement flexibility and mitigate potential demand and supply shocks over peak consumption periods.

The country鈥檚 LNG demand increased by almost 10% year on year in 2013 as a consequence of unplanned shutdowns at South Korea鈥檚 nuclear power plants, which account for more than 30% of the country鈥檚 power demand. Total imports amounted to 40.39m tonnes of LNG in 2013, accounting for around 17% of the global market demand, according to the International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL).

The joint procurement of LNG and other fuels has been on the agenda of Japanese and South Korean buyers in recent years, with customers expecting that co-operation on LNG purchases will lead to lower prices.

In January 2013, KOGAS and Japanese utility Chubu Electric signed the first international LNG joint purchase contract in Asia. Both buyers are sharing 28 cargoes over a four-and-a-half year period, allocated according to their respective demand requirements.

POSCO to reduce LNG usage
POSCO aims to reduce its LNG consumption after commercial operations start at its new 0.5mtpa synthetic natural gas (SNG) plant in the southern Gwangyang province in January 2015, the company said on 7 April.

The plant, which is to be operated by subsidiary POSCO Green Gas Tech, is expected to save POSCO approximately won (W) 200bn ($193m) on LNG imports each year once it reaches full operating rates, POSCO said in the statement.

鈥淥nce construction is completed this August, POSCO will make a trial run and begin commercial production in January 2015,鈥 the statement said.

The SNG plant, South Korea鈥檚 first, will convert low-cost coal into gas at high temperatures and pressure. Once refined, the resulting product can be used as a direct substitute for regasified LNG. POSCO Green Gas Tech will handle everything related to the SNG plant, from the purchase of coal to the production and sale of SNG.

POSCO currently imports 0.55mtpa of LNG from the BP-led Tangguh plant in Indonesia under a 20-year contract through to 2024.

The company imports LNG to its 1.7mtpa Gwangyang regasification facility, which is located at the country鈥檚 southern coastline. It is the only terminal in Asia to have conducted a conventional-sized LNG reload.

POSCO is said to have sufficient contractual supply to meet its short- and medium-term demand requirements, although additional long-term procurement is being considered.

鈥淲e currently have sufficient LNG and a good operating terminal so we are not planning any other new business yet,鈥 a company source said, although it may consider additional supply in the future, he added.

Power Generation Companies Hasten to Gasify Coal
July 30, 2013

KOSPO, KOSEP and EWP plan to construct SNG plants.

The IRR of SNG is as high as 8~13% and it is expected to contribute to diversifying fuel sources.

Power generation companies are enthusiastic about coal gasification programs. These companies are encouraged by analysis that low-price coal-based gas can replace high-price natural gas (LNG) and its productivity is comparable to coal-fired power generation or LNG-fired combined cycle power generation.


Sources from subsidiary power generation companies of KEPCO said on July 28 that three power generation companies, including Korea Southern Power (KOSPO), Korea South East Power (KOSEP), and Korea East-West Power (EWP), plan to construct coal-based synthetic natural gas plants. And Korea Western Power (KOWEPO) and Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) are either building or examining to build integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plants.

KOSPO plans to construct SNG plants in Samcheok and Hadong with annual production capacity of 500,000 tons each with the goal of launching commercial operation in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The company will place orders with Siemens and Uhde in Germany for coal gasification facilities.

KOSEP is examining a plan of building a SNG plant at its Yeongheung Thermal Power Plant. With the goal of producing SNG in the latter part of 2019, the company will import gasification equipments from OMB in China based on results of the feasibility study commissioned to Korea Development Institute (KDI). EWP will reportedly commission a research institution soon to conduct feasibility study on a project.

Since 2011, POSCO is constructing a SNG plant in Gwangyang with an annual production capacity of 500,000 tons. When its construction is completed toward the end of 2014, the company expects to reduce 150 billion won of costs a year.

Power generation companies are hastening to gasify coal in order to secure low-priced fuels for power generation that can replace expensive LNG and to diversify fuel sources. Companies in the United States and China are operating coal gasification facilities with annual production capacity of over 1 million tons as part of strategies for using coal resources in their own countries. And they are continuously expanding such plants.

The SNG plant is a facility that produces synthesis gas (CH4), which is similar to LNG, through process of synthesizing methane after gasifying coal at high temperature and high pressure. As it provides caloric value of 9,300Kcal per cubic meter similar to that of LNG that shows 10,000Kcal, SNG can be used for city gas as well as fuel for power generation.

Though construction of a SNG plant with annual production capacity of 500,000 tons costs approximately 1.5 trillion won, SNG-fired power generation is more attractive than coal-fired thermal power generation or LNG-fired combined cycle power generation as its internal rate of return (IRR) is seen to reach 8~13% while coal or LNG-fired power generation can gain 6~8% of IRR. Moreover, profitability of SNG-fired power generation is expected to be further improved when such plants use existing LNG pipelines and are allowed to issue renewable energy certificates (RECs) in recognition of their clean technologies.

Deputy Division Manager Ryu Jeong-seok at EWP said, 鈥淎s a fuel that can replace LNG, SNG is the most practical future technology in using coal in economic and eco-friendly way, contributing to improving energy security of the nation. To invigorate commercialization of SNG, the government needs to revise related laws, including Urban Gas Business Act and Renewable Energy Development Act.鈥

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July 21, 2015

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雮暣甑办潃 雮暣 靹濏儎臧鞀ろ檾氤淀暕氚滌爠(IGCC) 靷梾鞚 鞝曤秬 鞝7彀 鞝勲牓靾橁笁旮半掣瓿勴殟鞐 氚橃榿霅愲嫟瓿 22鞚 氚濏様雼.

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雮暣IGCC 靷梾鞚 歆雮滍暣 韽姢旖旉贝靹れ澊 齑 3觳300MW旮 IGCC 氙检瀽 氚滌爠靻岆ゼ 牍勲’頃 鞎 66毵屻帯鞚 鞁犾灛靸濎棎雱堨靷办梾雼毳 臁办劚頃橁矤雼る姅 霚混潉 雮暣甑办棎 鞝勲嫭頃橂┐靹 靹膘偓霅愲嫟.

鞚措矆 7彀 旮半掣瓿勴殟鞚 400MW旮 靹る箘 攴滊臧 氚橃榿霅愱碃 韴瀽攴滊電 鞎 1臁5觳滌柕鞗愳棎 鞚措ジ雼.

鞚挫棎 雮暣甑办潃 韽姢旖旉贝靹り臣 於╇秳頃 順戩潣毳 瓯办硱 韮雼轨劚 臁办偓毳 毵堧毽暅 霋 氚滌爠靻 瓯挫劋 鞝勱赴靷梾項堦皜毳 鞙勴暣 雲鸽牓頃 瓿勴殟鞚措嫟. 霕愴暅 甑半鞚 雽靸侅溂搿 雮暣 IGCC 氚 鞁犾灛靸濎棎雱堨靷办梾雼 臁办劚靷梾 臧滌殧鞕 欤检殧 於旍瓿勴殟 霌 靷梾 鞝勲皹鞚 靹る獏頃橂姅 鞛愲Μ毳 毵堧牗頃橁赴搿 頄堧嫟.

雮暣 IGCC 靷梾鞚 鞓る姅 2016雲 9鞗 氚滌爠 靷梾項堦皜毳 鞏混柎 2018雲 9鞗 頇橁步鞓來枼韽夑皜毳 鞕勲, 2019雲 1鞗 彀╆车頃 2022雲 12鞗 欷瓿惦悹 鞓堨爼鞚措嫟.

IGCC電 靹濏儎鞚 靾橃旮奥逢车旮办檧 瓿犾槰 瓿犾晻鞙茧 臧鞀ろ檾鞁滌紲 鞚检偘頇旐儎靻岇檧 靾橃唽臧 欤检劚攵勳澑 頃╈劚臧鞀るゼ 毵岆摛瓿 臧鞀ぢ缝旮绊劙牍堨潉 甑彊頃橂姅 彀劯雽 觳爼 鞐愲剤歆 氚滌爠旮办垹鞚措嫟. IGCC電 靹濏儎頇旊牓氚滌爠氤措嫟 氚滌爠須湪鞚 雴掛毵 鞓れ椉氍检 氚办稖鞚 鞝侅潃 瓴冹澊 鞛レ爯鞚措嫟.

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