Project: Hydrogen Energy California (HECA)
Company/Alliance: SCS Energy
HECA was formally owned by Hydrogen Energy International (HEI) jointly operated by BP and Rio Tinto); Fluor, URS and GE Energy
Location: Elk Hills (west of Bakersfield), Kern County, California, USA
Feedstock: Petcoke to Hydrogen (flexible fuel)
Size: 400 MW . Up to 3 Mt/yr CO2
Capture Technology: Rectisol® AGR System. Pre-combustion IGCC (for petroleum coke) 90% CO2 capture in steady state operation trials
CO2 Fate: EOR in Occidental's Elk Hills oil field- 5 miles from capture site
Timing: Operational 2017
Total project cost: $ 2.8 billion. SCS Energy agreed to take over the HECA project in May 2011. BP and Rio Tinto had both invested $55 million to lay the groundwork for HECA's feasibility. DOE has invested $54 million in the project under a financial assistance agreement with HECA. HECA can access the remaining $354 million in financial assistance under HECA's Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI-3) award which is a US $308 million awarded from the DOE in July 2009. The California State Public Utilities Commission also awarded $30 million in February 2009; $17 million of which had been received as of June 2010.
The revised HECA project under SCS Energy has begun the year-long certification process through the California Energy Commission. First use of Rectisol technology in a solid-feed IGCC (the Rectisol® process will be used for
acid gas recovery and to achieve high CO2 capture efficiency). HECA is currently in the permitting process for the Application for Certification from the State of California.
in May 2012 HECA filed with the California Energy Commission an amended application for certification of the plant, underscoring its commitment to building the 300-megawatt power plant.
Air Permits: HECA has received a final determination of Compliance from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution control district for its required air permit. HECA is continuing to work through federal air quality permit fillings with the EPA (May 2011).
Extensive outreach is being undertaken in the surrounding areas. When completed this project will produce enough energy for 150,000 homes in Southern California. The HECA project is located close to Occidental's Elk Hills oil fields but other oil fields also exist nearby which can provide sequestration potential.
Other Sources and Press Releases:
HECA newsletter Summer 2012 [PDF]
Announcing Project Labor Agreement for HECA Project (May 2012)
SCS applies for permission to build 300MW California hydrogen plant (May 2012)
Hydrogen Energy California Project Moves Forward (May 2012)
SCS Energy Closes deal to acquire HECA project in Kern County (September 2011)
SCS Energy website
DOE's CCPI Project Fact Sheet 2011 [PDF]
SCS Energy agrees to take over HECA (May 2011)
DOE Sign cooperative agreement for new hydrogen power plant (November 2009)
California Energy Commission begins Hydrogen Power plant review (August 2009)
DOE award of $308 Million to HECA (July 2009)
Mining news release about HECA Project (July 2008)
Date Modified May 13, 2013