American Electric Power (AEP) has signed a second agreement with GE Energy and Bechtel Power to move forward with plans for an integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant.

Under the terms of this latest contract, GE and Bechtel will proceed with the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase for a proposed, 630 MW IGCC plant in Mason County, West Virginia.

The design process is expected to conclude in mid-December 2006. If awarded the contract for the next phase of the West Virginia project, GE would supply the IGCC technology for the new plant while Bechtel would handle engineering, procurement and construction. Appalachian Power, an AEP subsidiary, would operate the plant, located next to its existing Mountaineer generation facility.

The move follows a similar agreement in September 2005 for a proposed IGCC project in Meigs County, Ohio also for AEP.

Edward Lowe, general manager of gasification for GE Energy, commented: “As one of our potential launch customers for the IGCC Reference Plant, AEP has been an important contributor to the plant design process.”

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