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Sierra Pacific Power Company's Pinon Pine Power Project Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218578D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-05

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    William M. Campbell Manager, Clean Coal Technologies The M.W.Kellogg Company

Houston, Texas 77002-7990

  Martin 0.Fankhanel Project Manager
The M.W.Kellogg Company

    Gunnar 6. Henningsen
Chief Technology Manager, Synfuels The M.W.Kellogg Company


Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPCo) plans to build an integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant, burning 800 tons per day of western coal to produce 80 MW of electric power. The Pinon Pine Power Project will be built at an existing power plant 20 miles east of AenoJaada ..

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for funding under t l o a l Technology Program. Contract negotiations between SPPCo and the DOE have been completed and the review by Congress has been completed without comment. DOE
has held three public meetings in the area of the plant location as a first step inthe
process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. SPPCohas includedthe
project in its latest long range plan which is currently under review by the Nevada

0 Public Service Commission.

Foster Wheeler USA Corporation (FWUSA) will provide engineering and construction management of the new facility. The M.W.Kellogg Company will supply the engineering of the gasifier island including the air-blown KRW gasifier and hot gas cleanup technologies.

The paper describes a number of the features of the technology which contributeto providing a reliable, competitive and environmentally acceptable coal-based power generation facility.




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Sierra Pacific Power Company submitted a proposal to the DOE in May 1991 under the Clean Coal Technology (CCT) program. Under this program, the DOE is authorized to co-fund demonstration projects which employ economic and environmentally sound processes for use of the nation's abundant coal resources. There have been five CCT solicitations by the DOE; in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992. The Pinon Pine Power Project was selected under Round IV, and the CooperativeAgreement between DOE and SPPCo was just recently executed in August 1992.

SPPCo will own and operate the demonstration project which will be located at their Tracy station in Storey County, 20 miles east of Reno, Nevada. The Tracy station currently includes three oil/gas fired steam units with a total nominal capacity of 243 MWe. The Pinon project will add 80 MWe of capacity to the facility. About 800 tons per day of low-sulfur western coal will be processed in the unit. It is expected that 8590% of the sulfur in the coal will be removed by the process, resulting in a very low sulfur emission to the environment.

Under the CooperativeAgreement the government will share half of the cost of building e mmonstration period which is planned to be 42

months. During and after the demonstration period SPPCo will operate the plant as a base load facility because it will have one of the lowest marginal costs of electricity (COE) in their s...