Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to carry out a feasibility and optimisation study covering the “Engineering and economic assessment of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) coal power plants for near-term deployment.”

Under the terms of the deal Foster Wheeler will undertake a technical and economic evaluation of thirty IGCC designs, processing different coals with five alternative gasification technologies, with and without carbon dioxide capture. The study is scheduled for completion in March 2008.

This work is being performed as part of EPRI’s “Coal Fleet for Tomorrow” programme, a collaboration involving more than 60 companies to encourage the early deployment of advanced coal power generation technology.

The cash value of the contract was not disclosed.