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Huaneng GreenGen IGCC Large-scale System (Phase 3)


Capture: China Huaneng Group (52 per cent interest), seven Chinese energy enterprises (each 6 per cent interest) and Peabody Energy (6 per cent interest)

Transport and Storage: Not specified

LOCATION: Lingang Industrial Park, Binhai New Area, Tianjin, China

COcapture source: 400 MW demonstration integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power unit in the Binhai New Area, Tianjin

CO2 storage site: All storage option types are under evaluation, with enhanced oil recovery (EOR) opportunities at the Tianjing Dagang oil field important

INDUSTRY (FEEDSTOCK): Power generation (sub-bituminous coal)


CO2 CAPTURE CAPACITY VOLUME: 2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa)

CAPTURE TYPE: Pre-combustion capture (gasification)

CAPTURE METHOD: Absorption chemical solvent-based process (Amine)



PRIMARY STORAGE OPTION: Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) important with geological storage options also under review

STORAGE FORMATION AND DEPTH: 3,000 metres / 9,300 feet underground

TRANSPORTATION TYPE: Pipeline (onshore to onshore)

TRANSPORTATION DISTANCE TO STORAGE SITE (LENGTH OF PIPELINE): 50-100 kilometres / 30-60 miles to Dagang Oil field (EOR option), 250-300 kilometres / 150-180 miles to geological storage options

Facilities description

GreenGen Ltd. Co. China was established by the China Huaneng Group and seven other Chinese state-owned companies in January 2006. Peabody Energy joined the consortium in December 2007 as the only non-Chinese participant in the program.

The goal of the GreenGen program in Tianjin is to develop a large-scale IGCC–CCS demonstration in China. The program is being carried out in three phases.

The first phase (Phase 1) of the program involves the construction and operation of a 250 MW IGCC power plant, the first IGCC facility of such size in China. Equipment is sized for coal gasification of 2,000 tonnes per day of pulverized coal. Construction of the plant began in 2009 and was completed in 2012. Since that time commissioning of the individual components was undertaken and the plant has been in steady-state commercial operation since 2014. The Huaneng Group reports that approximately 5,700 operation hours were recorded in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  

The second phase (Phase 2) of the program involves a number of research and development activities:

  • Carry out trial operations and optimisations to improve existing systems (safety, stability, reliability) within the 250 MW IGCC power plant
  • Development of a demonstration-scale system that will draw about 7 per cent of the syngas from the IGCC power plant, shifts carbon monoxide (CO) and water (H2O) to CO2 and H2, and then separates the CO2 from the H2 after desulphurisation. The captured CO2 would be liquefied and used for EOR purposes. The amount of CO2 to be captured through this demonstration-scale plant is estimated at between 60,000-100,000 tonnes per annum. It is reported that construction of Phase 2 activities began in early 2014, with a 72-hour continuous operation full load commissioning test completed in July 2016. 
  • Conduct feasibility studies for GreenGen Phase 3

The third phase (Phase 3) of the program involves construction and operation of a 400 MW IGCC power plant with associated carbon capture facilities, capable of capturing up to two million tonnes of CO2 per annum. Construction of the proposed 400 MW IGCC plant will begin when the technology lessons from the first two Phases of the program are learnt. It is anticipated that carbon capture at the 400 MW power plant would begin in the 2020's timeframe. Storage locations are presently under evaluation and include EOR opportunities and geologic storage options.

The Tianjin plant, as an IGCC demonstration project of the CCS 863 Program, received financial support from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and was supported by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in its request for capacity development technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Latitude: 38.9888

Longitude: 117.747

Key milestones

January 2006: GreenGen Co. established by China Huaneng Group and seven other Chinese state-owned companies

December 2007: Peabody Energy joins the GreenGen Co. consortium as its only foreign shareholder

November 2008: Huaneng (Tianjin) IGCC Co. Ltd. was co-established by GreenGen Co. and Tianjin Energy Investment Co. to be responsible for constructing and operating the first IGCC demonstration plant in China

May 2009: NDRC formally approves construction of a 250 MW IGCC power unit as Phase 1 of the GreenGen program 

July 2009: Construction starts on the 250 MW IGCC power unit

November 2012: 72 hours of continuous operation + 24 hours of operation at full load commissioning test successfully completed on the IGCC power unit

July 2016: 72 hours of continuous operation at full load commissioning test completed on the CO2 capture system

Project data is current as at 31/05/2017