Governments and Industry Take Action to Advance Clean Coal Technology



    CALGARY, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Canada's New Government and the Province of
Alberta will partner with EPCOR Utilities Incorporated and the Canadian Clean
Power Coalition (CCPC) in a $33 million research and development project that
promises to make Canada a world leader in clean coal technology. The
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, joined Alana Delong,
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary Bow, and Dr. David Lewin,
EPCOR's Senior Vice-President, IGCC Development, for today's announcement.
    "This is the very first project to be supported by our ecoENERGY
Technology Initiative, and it is a perfect example of the clean technology
partnerships that will keep our economy growing and protect our environment,"
said Minister Lunn. "The clean-coal technology we are developing is going to
help Canada and countries around the globe in reducing greenhouse gases and
pollution."
    Doug Horner, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and
Minister Responsible for the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) said
this study could be a historic step in energy development. "When we decided to
support EPCOR through this study in 2006, Alberta recognized the importance of
producing power from our vast coal reserves with reduced environmental impact.
We're very pleased to see the federal government join us in this project,
which is designed to realize the benefits of clean coal technology."
    This front-end engineering design project is an important step before
construction of a full-scale coal gasification power plant that will
demonstrate this advanced clean coal technology to Canadians and the world.
The Government of Canada is investing $11 million in the project through
ecoENERGY Technology, and both EPCOR and AERI will contribute equal amounts.
    "The application of this technology, on this scale, with this type of
coal, has not been used anywhere else in the world," said Dr. Lewin, who is
also Chair of the CCPC. "By converting coal into synthesis gas, and capturing
and sequestering CO(2), we can create electricity that's cleaner than the best
natural gas facility operating today."
    In addition to further reducing emissions of air pollutants associated
with coal-fired electricity generation, the technology is designed to take
advantage of opportunities for carbon capture and storage, which will reduce
greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero.
    The project will be located at EPCOR's Genesee Generating Station west of
Edmonton. The Genesee plant is already the most technologically advanced and
cleanest coal-fired generating station in Canada. Researchers will conduct
front-end engineering design work for a power plant that would turn
sub-bituminous coal into synthesis gas and hydrogen. This gasification process
could virtually eliminate smog-related air emissions.
    The work is scheduled for completion in 2009, and if subsequent
investment and construction decisions go as planned, a 500-megawatt generating
station using the new technology could be in operation in Alberta as early as
2015.

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    Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn today announced a new partnership
with the Province of Alberta and EPCOR Utilities that could make Canada a
world leader in clean coal technology. The $33-million front-end engineering
design project is expected to lead to the construction of a full-scale coal
gasification power plant that will produce almost zero greenhouse gas
emissions.

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For further information: Media may contact: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa,
(613) 996-2007; Kevin Donnan, Communications, Alberta Advanced Education and
Technology, (780) 427-0405; Mike Long, Manager External Communications, EPCOR
Utilities Inc., Edmonton, (780) 288-4124, www.epcor.com; The general public
may contact: Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 EDT - Telephone: (613) 995-0947, TTY: (613)
996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired), E-mail: questions@nrcan.gc.ca

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