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Nuon Magnum


Nuon Magnum Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Nuon
Location: Eemshaven, Netherlands
Feedstock: Multi-fuel: Coal, biomass and gas
Size: 1200 MW
Capture Technology: Pre-combustion
CO2 Fate:
Sequestration in North Sea oil and gas fields
Timing: Operational (2020)

Motivation/Economics: Estimated investment €1.5 billon

Comments: The Power plant is being built in 2 phases: the first is the construction of the power plant which is scheduled for operation in 2011. The second phase is the addition of carbon capture: operational in 2020. The Shell Coal Gasification Process (SCGP) is being used as Nuon and Shell have experience together at Buggenum, Nuon's demonstration plant and the worlds first IGCC plant. Pre-combustion CO2 capture is planned to be integrated from the start with the objective to reduce the specific CO2 emissions.

The successful test in the Buggenum pilot plant has given Nuon confidence for the scale-up to demonstration scale. March 2008, it was announced that Mitsubishi Heavy Industry won the contract to build the gas-fired part of Nuon Magnum. In December 2008 Honeywell won an $11 million contract to provide process control hardware and software to the project.
The project has had a delayed start date from 2015 to 2020 after there were issues obtaining permits and licensing problems.
The 2011 Dutch law which bans onshore CCS storage has caused issues for the project with where to store the CO2.

Project Link: 2CO Don Valley Power Project webpage

Don Valley Power Project

2Co Energy Ltd acquired Powerfuel Power Ltd and the Hatfield Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project at Stainforth in South Yorkshire, in May 2011, and has renamed the project the Don Valley Power Project (DVPP). This limited information on the project has been made available on the day the acquisition was made and will be extended shortly.
CCS has an important role to play in the UK meeting its CO2 emissions reduction targets. The Yorkshire and Humberside region has the UK's largest concentration of coal and gas fired power generation and the CO2 emissions from those plants will have to be reduced dramatically if they are to be able to continue to operate.

The plant at Stainforth, and the infrastructure it will create, have important roles to play to enable the region to continue to generate power from fossil fuels and to allow other energy intensive industries, such as steel and cement, to also install carbon capture technology. Other new businesses which will also need to capture and reduce their CO2 emissions may also be attracted to the region.

The project at Stainforth is one of the UK's and EU's leading CCS power projects and aims to be one of the four projects that the UK government is committed to supporting. It is a 900MW Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant which would capture and store up to 5 million tonnes per year, or 90%, of the CO2 emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere.

2Co Energy plans to store the CO2 in North Sea oil fields which provide the most secure and permanent storage for CO2. CO2 also helps produce more of the oil than would otherwise be recoverable which can significantly extend the life of the oil field and the associated jobs.

Although the plant has already been granted its Section 36 planning application, a final investment decision will only be taken when the project has won the necessary financial support from the EU and UK government. It is anticipated this will be done in time for the investment decision to be taken by mid-2013 and, after a construction period of a little over 3 years, the plant should be commissioned in 2016.

Nuon is building is a new power plant: Nuon Magnum.
The power plant has a production capacity of around 1,200 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to two million households a day.


Nuon Magnum Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Nuon Magnum is located in the Eemshaven, in the province of Groningen. The Eemshaven is a very suitable location, with its modern seaport, availability of space and infrastructure. Additionally, there is sufficient cooling water capacity and a good connection to the existing high-voltage grid.


The modern and efficient power plant comprises three CCGTs (combined cycle gas turbines). Every CCGT unit is composed of a gas turbine, a steam turbine and a generator. This technology ensures a very favourable output (about 58%).

Gasification technology

At a later stage, Nuon’s ambition is to apply the gasification of coal and biomass in combination with CO2 capture. Nuon regards the combination of natural gas, gasification technology and CO2 capture as a clean, reliable and affordable solution in the transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Nuon has been conducting constructive dialogue on this subject for many years with various parties, such as nature and environment bodies, and will continue to do so. Market conditions and a support base play a major role in the decision as to whether to invest in the development of the next phase.
Technology of coal gasification
Nuon Magnum is based on coal gasification technology. In this system, coal is first converted into a combustible gas: syngas. This gas is cleaned and desulphurised to a purity that is comparable with natural gas. The syngas is therefore suitable for use in a steam and gas turbine, where it is converted into electricity. The combination of coal gasification followed by the generation of electricity is known as IGCC, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (STEG or KV-STEG in Dutch).


By means of a call for tenders Nuon has selected Mitsubishi as the contractor to supply and build the power plant, which is expected to be in operation at the end of 2012.