BP to cut emissions by building new cogeneration facilities

BP is negotiating with Cinergy and Power Solutions Co. to build gas-fired power and steam cogeneration facilities at its Texas City and Chocolate Bayou, Tex., refining and chemical plants. The facilities are part of a plan to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from those plants. BP Global Power, the power development arm of BP Gas and Power, will be among the investors in the project.


BP is negotiating with Cinergy and Power Solutions Co. to build gas-fired power and steam cogeneration facilities at its Texas City and Chocolate Bayou, Tex., refining and chemical plants.

The facilities are part of a plan to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from those plants. BP Global Power, the power development arm of BP Gas and Power, will be among those investing in the project.

The equipment will allow BP to shut older, less efficient power units, resulting in NOx emission reductions of about 50% from the Texas City site and 34% from the Chocolate Bayou site. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions also will be reduced by 727,000 tonnes/year.

After the existing and new power units are combined, they will be able to produce 805 Mw of electricity and 3.5 million lb/hour of steam. Excess power will be sold to other energy users.

The project will help the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission achieve its goal of reducing emissions by 90% from industrial plants in the area.

�This commitment is fully in line with BP�s position as the first energy company to commit to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions, manifested in CO2 emissions, by 10% over its baseline 1990 totals by the year 2010, BP said.

BP also is working with the city of Houston to provide an ultra low-sulfur diesel which, when used in conjunction with after-treatment technologies, reduces NOx, sulfur and particulate emissions.

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