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Antelope Valley Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Basin Electric, HTC Purenergy, Burns and McDonnell and Doosan Babcock

Location: Antelope Valley Station, Beulah, North Dakota, USA

Feedstock: Coal

Size: 120 MW slipstream from 450 MW electric generating unit (1 Mt of CO2 captured annually at a 90% capture rate)

Capture Technology: Post-combustion. HTC Purenergy Amine

CO2 Fate: EOR - The CO2 will be cleaned and pressurized before it is feed into the adjacent Dakota Gasification's Synfuels Plant existing 205 mile (330 km) CO2 pipeline for EOR in Canada

Timing: Cancelled. Original timing was commercial operation (2012)

*Project is cancelled due to cost and timing difficulties (December 2010)


The total project cost is $387 million. DOE share of the cost being $100 million (26%).

Awarded a US $100 million grant from DOE (July 2009). Awarded a $300 million loan from the USDA in January 2009. Estimated cost was $287 million.


Basin Electric announced (December 2010) that the cost and timing of a proposed CCS project at Antelope Valley Station have caused the plant’s directors to table the project indefinitely.

Powerspan's carbon capture technique, ECO2, was originally selected by Basin Electric as the carbon capture technology. However in December 2009 Basin Electric replaced Powerspan with HTC Purenergy to operate the CO2 capture.

On July 1, 2009, Secretary Chu announced $100 million in DOE funding for a project that would capture approximately 1 million tons of CO2 per year from a 120 MW electric-equivalent gas stream from the Antelope Valley power station near Beulah, ND. In December 2010, the Basin Electric Power Cooperative withdrew its project from the CCPI program, citing regulatory uncertainty with regard to capturing CO2, uncertainty about the project’s cost (one source indicates that the company estimated $500 million total cost; DOE estimated $387 million), uncertainty of environmental legislation, and lack of a long-term energy strategy for the country.The project would have supplied the captured CO2 to an existing pipeline that transports CO2 from the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah for enhanced oil recovery in Canada’s Weyburn field approximately 200 miles north in Saskatchewan.

Project Link: Antelope Valley Basin Electric website is no longer available

Other Sources and Press Release:
Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Research, Development, and Demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy (June 2013)
Basin Electric Shelves Antelope Valley (December 2010)
Doosan Babcock joins Basin Electric CCS project (December 2009)
HTC Purenergy join CCS project (December 2009)
Press Release: Award of US $100 Million from DOE (July 2009)
Basin Electric website
HTC Purenergy website