Coal Gasification Joint Venture Kepco-Uhde Inc. to Co-Operate in the Field of Coal Gasification

Editor: Marion Henig

Kepco, the largest utility in South Korea, and Germany based Uhde, a technology-driven EPC contractor, have signed a Joint Venture Agreement to become a global front runner in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, Synthetic Natural Gas and Carbon Capture Sequestration.

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Dr. Michael Thiemann, CEO of Uhde: "We are pleased about this partnership with Kepco, and look forward to building a number of Prenflo gasification based plants through our Joint Venture", says . (Picture: Uhde)
Dr. Michael Thiemann, CEO of Uhde: "We are pleased about this partnership with Kepco, and look forward to building a number of Prenflo gasification based plants through our Joint Venture", says . (Picture: Uhde)

Dortmund/Germany – Kepco-Uhde Inc. will be established in July, 2011 in Korea. The contract was signed at the head office of Uhde in Dortmund, Germany.

The Joint Venture plans to win its first contract within the fourth quarter of this year with the help of strong support from Kepco and Uhde, and joint R&D activities. Kepco-Uhde Inc. is poised to build the largest IGCC power plant and become a global front runner in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, Synthetic Natural Gas and Carbon Capture Sequestration which are strong in economics, efficiency and environment-friendliness by 2020.

Uhde’s Prenflo PSG steam gasification process

Kepco will have the largest 66 % share of the newly established joint venture, with Uhde holding 34 %. Kepco-Uhde Inc. will use Uhde’s Prenflo PSG steam gasification process to carry out global projects in IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) and SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) engineering, licensing and technology development.

Environment-friendly next generation IGCC technology gasifies coal at high temperature and high pressure to create fuel gas comprising mostly CO and hydrogen, which is then purified and runs gas and steam turbines. Conventional power plants are expected to be replaced with IGCC power plants that can remarkably reduce CO2, SOX, NOX, while showing high generation efficiency

Synthetic Natural Gas, having CH4 as a main constituent and therefore capable of substituting LNG, is evidently a promising gasification technology with a high likelihood of becoming future resources.

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