Project: Nuon Magnum
Company/Alliance: Nuon and Shell
Location: Eemshaven, Netherlands
Feedstock: Multi-fuel: Coal, biomass and gas
Size: 1200 MW
Capture Technology: Pre-combustion
CO2 Fate: Sequestration in North Sea oil and gas fields
Timing: Operational (2020) Project is presumed on hold
Estimated cost of the project is €1.5 billion.
The Power plant is being built in 2 phases: the first is the construction of the power plant which is scheduled for operation in 2011. The second phase is the addition of carbon capture: operational in 2020. The Shell Coal Gasification Process (SCGP) is being used as Nuon and Shell have experience together at Buggenum, Nuon's demonstration plant and the worlds first IGCC plant. Pre-combustion CO2 capture is planned to be integrated from the start with the objective to reduce the specific CO2 emissions.
The successful test in the Buggenum pilot plant has given Nuon confidence for the scale-up to demonstration scale. March 2008, it was announced that Mitsubishi Heavy Industry won the contract to build the gas-fired part of Nuon Magnum. In December 2008 Honeywell won an $11 million contract to provide process control hardware and software to the project.
In 2011 Nuon said it was postponing coal gasification technology. The decision was the result of rising coal prices and a long-running challenge by environmental organizations, in which Nuon agreed that it would not bring the gasification part of the plant online before 2020. The project has had a delayed start date from 2015 to 2020 after there were issues obtaining permits and licensing problems.
The 2011 Dutch law which bans onshore CCS storage has caused additional problems for the project with where to store the CO2. This project is presumed to be "on hold"
Project Links: Nuon Magnum website
Other Sources and Press Releases:
Dutch CCS in disarray as 'on land' storage ruled out (February 2011)
Nuon places order for 3 CCGT units from Mitsubishi (February 2008)