Siemens gasification technology for Canada's first low-CO(2) power plant - Eco-friendly coal-based power generation



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Siemens coal gasification technology has
been selected for Canada's first low-CO(2) IGCC power plant. EPCOR Power
Generation is planning to build an integrated gasification combined cycle
power plant (IGCC) featuring carbon capture and storage in Genesee near
Edmonton, Alberta. The demonstration plant, with an installed capacity of
approximately 250 megawatts, is scheduled to come on line in 2015.

    In the first project phase, Siemens will provide the technology license,
as well as the process and basic engineering design for the coal gasification
island based on the Siemens SFG-500 coal gasifier. Following the completion of
the front-end engineering design of the plant, EPCOR intends to enter into an
agreement with Siemens to supply the gasification reactor and components of
the feed system.
    The Siemens coal gasification technology will produce clean syngas from
coal, which will be used to fire a gas turbine in the combined cycle plant to
provide electricity to the local grid. The emissions from IGCC plants are
significantly lower than those from today's conventional coal-fired power
plants. The plant in Genesee is designed to capture approximately 85 percent
of the CO(2) contained in the coal for enhanced oil recovery in existing oil
fields.
    "While we have secured a number of orders for our coal gasification
technology in China, the U.S. and Australia, we are pleased to now have an
order in Canada. Our gasifier technology will be used for the first time for a
full-scale IGCC project," said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power
Generation Division of Siemens Energy. "In the future, IGCC power plants could
make a significant contribution toward a more reliable energy supply with
maximized climate and environmental compatibility," added Suess.
    Within the framework of an action plan to mitigate climate change,
Alberta Province recently announced a comprehensive investment program to
finance technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are
provisions for the investment of two billion Canadian dollars purely for the
promotion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

    About Siemens in Canada

    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world
of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy
and healthcare sectors. The company has more than 6,000 employees in Canada,
working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex
systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual
requirements. For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for technical
achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada
for fiscal 2007 (ended September 30), were $2.3 billion CAD. Further
information about Siemens in Canada is available at www.siemens.ca.

    The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete
spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission
and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of
oil and gas. In fiscal 2007 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had
revenues of approximately EUR20.3 billion and received new orders totaling
around EUR28.5 billion and posted a profit of EUR1.8 billion. The Energy
Sector had a work force of 73,500 at the beginning of fiscal 2008. Further
information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the
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others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in
currency exchange rate and interest rates, introduction of competing products,
lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business
strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here.
Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates do not intend or assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.






For further information:

For further information: DL Leslie, Tel.: (905) 819-5926, Fax: (905)
819-5793, E-mail: dl.leslie@siemens.com


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