Stanwell 'clean coal' project likely

AN INTEGRATED "clean coal'' power facility may be built beside Stanwell Power Station near Rockhampton.

A study for the cutting-edge site is being conducted by Stan- well Corp.

Representatives expect to de- cide on the proposal by the end of the year.

If built, the demonstration plant would generate between 100 and 200 megawatts through a nev- er-before-used integrated system.

The station would essentially reduce coal to a gas, remove the toxic carbon dioxide, and produce a hydrogen fuel which would power a gas turbine electric gen- erator.

And the carbon dioxide pro- duced would be captured and stored in underground deposits. The process integrates three systems that have never before been used together.

"It's a bit like building the first model T-Ford,'' said Paul Sim- shauser, acting chief executive of- ficer for Stanwell Corp.

"This is an excellent starting point for reducing gas emissions.''

Building the demonstration plant may cost upwards of $800 million, but Mr Simshauser could not give exact figures.

The plant would also create a number of new skilled jobs.

"There will be some first-time professions,'' he said.

Electronic and electrician tradespeople may have to learn some new skills, he said.



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