The construction of a new coal gasification power plant, at a cost of $2.5bn, will begin in Texas, US.

The upcoming plant to be constructed by Summit Power Group is known as Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP), will be the first US power plant, which will combine both integrated coal gasification combined cycle and carbon-capture-and-storage technologies.

TCEP is a ‘NowGen’ Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) facility that will incorporate carbon capture and storage technology, reported The Christian Science Monitor.

It will be a 400MW power/poly-gen plant, which will also produce urea for the US fertilizer market and capture 90% of its CO2, about 3 million tons per year.

The CO2 will be used for enhanced oil recovery in the West Texas Permian Basin.

TCEP was awarded $450m in 2010 from the US Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Power Initiative.

On 28 December 2010, TCEP received its final air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.