Oxyfuel safe from cuts

THE Callide Valley will remain at the forefront of clean coal technology, with the Callide Oxyfuel Project safe despite recommendations for the State Government to cut funding for the ZeroGen project near Rockhampton.

A State Government Review into Government Boards, Committees and Statutory Authorities recommended that the government cut $100 million in funding for the ZeroGen project.

A spokesperson for CS Energy said the State Government Review into Government Boards, Committees and Statutory Authorities does not impact on the Callide Oxyfuel Project, as the project was not part of the review.

She said the Callide Oxyfuel Project was a joint venture partnership between six companies - CS Energy, Xstrata Coal, Schlumberger, JPower, Mitsui and Co and IHI Corporation.

“In addition to the financial support from the six JV partners, the Callide Oxyfuel Project has also received funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments and the Australian Coal Association.

“The project would not have moved to its current stage without firm funding commitments from our various partners and supporters,” the spokesperson said.

The Callide Oxyfuel Project has just completed the air-firing testing program at Callide A Power Station.

The testing program was carried out on Unit 4 (which will be later converted to oxyfiring) to baseline the performance of the unit, measure a wide range of exhaust gas characteristics and provide design data for the oxyfuel conversion.

The project team are now analysing the results from the testing program.

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