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Big Bend Station Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Tampa Electric (TECO), Siemens

Location: Big Bend Power Station, Ruskin, Florida, USA

Feedstock: Coal

Size: 1 MW (slipstream from 1892 MW power station)

Capture Technology: Post-combustion (Siemens POSTCAP technology)

CO2 Fate: N/A

Timing: It is presumed that this project has been cancelled (Original start up was scheduled for 2013, no news on this project since 2010)


The US DOE awarded this project in July 2010 with a $8.9 million grant. This pilot plant was one of 10 selected by the DOE aimed at developing advanced technologies for capturing carbon dioxide from coal combustion.


This project is presumed to be cancelled. Since the DOE grant was awarded in 2010, there has been no news of this project actually taking place. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan rule in 2015, asked Florida to reduce its carbon emissions 38.3 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. In 2014 TECO declared that comments from Florida utility regulators would mean closing its coal-fired Big Bend Power Station plant instead of converting it to run on natural gas, as well as shutting down the coal-gasification unit in Polk County. In light of these announcements and lack of any comments from TECO on the CCS pilot project was are assuming that this CCS pilot is cancelled.

Tampa Electric was previously conducting a study on a new technology to clean synthetic gas (syngas) at elevated temperatures on a 30% side stream on nearby Polk Power Station a 250 MW IGCC plant. Siemens was going to design, install and operate a pilot plant at the Big Bend Power Station. The Shaw Group was awarded a contract by RTI International which is working with the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to design and build a sulfur removal demonstration unit. The project was going to demonstrate Siemens POSTCAP technology which utilizes an amino acid salt formulation as a solvent for CO2 absorption.

Project Link: Tampa Electric press release

Other Sources and Press Releases:

Ahead of Clean Power Plan, Fla.'s TECO looks to get out of business (July 2015)
Tampa Electric to test CCS technologies at Big Bend Polk stations
(July 2010)
Tampa Electric to participate in two U.S. Department of Energy funded demonstration projects designed to advance carbon dioxide capture technologies
( July 2010)
Siemens Awarded $8.9 million Grant from DOE to Build its First CO2 Capture Project for Coal-fired Power Plants in the USA (July 2010)
Tampa Electric website
Siemens website