Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center

This Project is considered cancelled
This project was removed from the Institute’s LSIP listing in June 2013 after its proponent confirmed that CCS plans at the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Centre will be discontinued.

Project details

Proponent: Tenaska Inc.

Website: www.tenaskatrailblazer.com

Tenaska Trailblazer Partners was proposing to build and operate the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Centre, a new supercritical pulverised coal electric generating facility that would have been designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) at a commercial scale. Trailblazer would have been a sub-bituminous coal-based power station with post-combustion CO2 capture having an approximate 765 MW gross output and an approximate 600 MW net output (with CO2 capture). The power station was to be located nine miles east of Sweetwater, Texas, USA. Trailblazer was to be designed for 85 to 90 per cent CO2 capture (approximately 17,500 tonnes per day) or approximately 5.8 million tonnes per annum of CO2.

Focus of support

The Global CCS Institute will provide AU$8.03 million in support of engineering and design studies into the development of the project.

Reports and outcomes

Knowledge sharing reports and case studies to be delivered will cover a wide range of topics including, technical, engineering and design considerations, storage options; technology performance; public engagement, consortium building and management; and financing scenarios.

Tenaska is committed to knowledge sharing, including participation in conferences, panels and workshops. Tenaska has also provided information to the Institute on topics such as:

  • Development of the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Centre
  • CO2 Technology Evaluation, Methodology and Criteria
  • The Management of Public Engagement at the Local, State and Federal Levels for the Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Centre Project
  • Sizing a steam turbine for a new pulverised coal plant with post-combustion CCS.
  • Which carbon capture plant layout is more cost-effective? “In-line vs. Right Angle”.
  • How to build a consortium needed to develop, construct, and operate a new pulverised coal plant with CCS.
  • A deep saline sequestration alternative to enhanced oil recovery for the Project.
  • Bridging the commercial gap for CCS report (ERCOT base load power and EOR market factors).


Project data is current as at 24-Jun-13