With development of this new facility, a blend of Illinois basin coal and petcoke will be partially oxidized in chambers, chemically converting this feedstock into syngas, or synthesis gas. This syngas will be run through a series of catalysts and filters that remove impurities and then methanated to produce substitute natural gas and other products, such as sulfur, argon and carbon dioxide.
Because the plant will rely on a chemical process rather than a combustion process, very little air pollution will be emitted from the facility. Current estimates project that plant emissions of NOx, SO2 and particulates will be more than 99 percent less than the current emissions coming from coal fired electrical plants currently operating in the Lake Michigan basin region. In fact, this large industrial project can operate under an air emissions permit similar to that granted to the Chicago Art Institute. These low emissions are also true for water pollutants, with very low or no discharge anticipated from runoff.
The project has negotiated written 30-year agreements with utilities in the area to purchase approximately 84 percent of the substitute natural gas the plant will produce. Additional revenue streams from sales of sulfur and argon are anticipated, and carbon dioxide will be captured and sold to oil producers for enhanced oil recovery processes that are currently expanding in southern Illinois and other oil-producing states. These oil producers will be able to use this carbon dioxide to produce an additional ten million barrels per year of additional domestic oil, reducing the need for foreign imports.<< previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next >>