GE and Bechtel have signed a project development agreement with TransCanada, a provider of gas storage and related services, to develop the first polygeneration facility in Canada with the ability to use petroleum coke and incorporate carbon capture and storage.

The proposed polygeneration facility, located in Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, Canada, is expected to use petroleum coke as feedstock to produce hydrogen, nitrogen, steam and carbon dioxide for fertilizer production and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and to generate approximately 300MW of long-term electricity.

The facility would use GE Energy’s gasification and flexible fuel technology to generate power and support local industrial processes. GE’s scope of supply is the gasification island and the power island equipment, which includes two GE Frame 7FB gas turbines designed to run on syngas with high hydrogen content.

Under the agreement with TransCanada, GE and Bechtel Overseas Power of Houston, Texas, have completed the first preliminary engineering step and will be advancing into the next engineering step in early 2008. If this work indicates that the project is economically viable, the detailed engineering design (FEED) phase will follow. If the project receives final approvals for construction, the facility would have an in-service date targeted for 2013.