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News - CATF attends FutureGen 2.0 public forum on EIS


Illinois- Clean Air Task Force attended the public forum on the FutureGen 2.0 Environmental Impact Study (EIS) in Jacksonville, IL this past Tuesday, May 21. A copy of CATF's preliminary comments on the EIS for the project can be found here.

News--Two preferred bidders in U.K's CCS commercialization program announced


England- The two preferred bidders in the UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialization Program Competition were recently announced. The two preferred bidders are the Peterhead Project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and the White Rose Project in Yorkshire, England. The two preferred bidders were selected following a period of intensive commercial negotiations with four projects shortlisted from an original eight in October 2012.

News-- MS Power and MS state regulators reach Kenmper agreement


Mississippi- Mississippi Power and state regulators reached an agreement on Jan. 24 that will allow MS Power to file for a $172 million rate increase this year to help pay for Plant Ratcliffe, a 482 MW IGCC facility.

News - Beijing's smog years in the making


Beijing- Beijing has been cloaked in smog since Friday, and local government warned residents to stay indoors after pollution readings hit record rates late on Saturday. Though the government has temporarily shut down factories and forced vehicles off the road, more comprehensive solutions are required in order to address the root causes of the pollution like coal-burning factories.

News--Canada approves CNOOC-Nexen deal


Canada- On Friday Canada allowed the Chinese state-run oil giant, CNOOC, to move forward with a $15 billion takeover of the Canadian domestic energy company, Nexen. The deal is the latest effort by the Chinese government to find new sources of oil and natural gas reserves.

News--Approval of refinery in Alberta accelerates CO2 pipeline project


Alberta- The approval of the North West Redwater Partnership’s bitumen refinery proved a major milestone for Enhance Energy's Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL). The 240 km pipeline is one of the first that will use carbon dioxide captured from industrial processes for enhanced oil recovery. The peipeline is set to be completed in 2014 and will capture CO2 from the North West Redwater facility as well as the Agrium Inc. fertilizer plant.

News--Advanced coal technology & China


China- Many U.S. companies are looking to China as a testing ground for advanced coal technology. Companies such as Powerspan and Duke Energy are working with companies in China to deploy carbon capture technology.

News--Summit Power Group and Sinopec sign MOU


Texas- Yesterday at th 12th annual U.S.-China Oil & Gas Industry Forum (OGIF) in San Antonio, Texas, Summit Power Group and Sinopec Engineering Group and The Export-Import Bank of China (“Chexim”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) helping to assure the financing and construction of the Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP). TCEP is a large-scale commercial polygen coal gasification plant that will capture 90% of its CO2 for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Permian Basin.

News -Weekly China energy news update


China Weekly Energy Updates (8/31/2012-9/7/2012)


News--Shell to construct oil sands CCS project


Calgary, Canada-Shell announced that it will build the first carbon capture and storage, or CCS, project that locks away emissions from mining Canada’s oil sands. The Quest project will be built on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture owners (Shell, Chevron and Marathon Oil) and with support from the Governments of Canada and Alberta.

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