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Bow City Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Bow City Power, Cansolv (Subsidiary of Shell), Luscar, Fluor

Location: Bow City, Alberta, (185 km east Calgary) Canada

Feedstock: Coal

Size: 1000 MW (2 x 500 MW) super critical coal-fired power plant; 1Mt/yr CO2 (20% CO2 capture). New build

Capture Technology: Post-combustion (amine scrubbing technology provided by Cansolv)

CO2 Fate: 51- 100 km pipeline for EOR

Timing: ON HOLD

- Integrated application completed third quarter of 2011
- Regulatory review and approval will require 12 to 18 months to complete
- Construction of the project is expected to take between 48 and 52 months
- First 500 MW generating unit in-service (2017)
- Second 500 MW generating unit in-service as soon as economically and operationally feasible
- Operation is for planned for 40 years


There is a power shortage in Alberta, this project will provide power while utilizing the abundance of coal in the region. Estimated cost $2.9 billion (US$3.02 billion). Funding of $10-20 million is required from investor support to get the project started.


Bow City has been placed On Hold as it will probably not occur under the current financial and economic conditions. Bow City represented the next generation of such plants, using coal as a fuel but with emissions levels for SO2, NOx and particulates at combined cycle natural gas levels and initially approaching simple cycle gas for CO2 with the ability to add further increments of CCS, reaching combined cycle gas levels with the 2nd generation of CCS.

Luscar will develop surface coal mines adjacent to the power plant to supply coal. Bow City president Brian Bietz said that while financing the project remains a big hurdle the company has recently entered into an agreement with Kensington Capital Partners Limited. Kensington has committed to financially supporting the Bow City Project and is actively working on creating a syndicate of other potential investors. The coal will be supplied from a nearby a 4.1 million tons per annum surface coal mine.

Project Link: Bow City Project Overview

Other Sources and Press Releases:
Canada green lights Bow City CCS project (April 2011)
$3bn super critical coal-fired power plant gains Fluor as partner (April 2011)
Bow City plant moves forward with CCS (August 2008)