Nebraska CCS Pre-Feasibility Study

Gerald Station NPPD’s Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland is Nebraska’s largest coal-fired electricity-generating station.

The project is taking initial steps to evaluate the potential of integrating commercial-scale capture of CO2 emissions from a coal-fired power plant in western Nebraska with dedicated CO2 storage in a deep geologic formation, a concept called carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

This pre-feasibility study will investigate the technical, geographic, regulatory, socioeconomic, and financial viability of capture and geologic storage of CO2 from Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) Gerald Gentleman Station.

The project is managed by the Energy & Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in collaboration with NPPD. The 18-month study was initiated in January 2017 and will be completed at the end of June 2018. Major funding is from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with support from NPPD, Schlumberger Carbon Services, and Computer Modelling Group Ltd.

The Phase I study is part of DOE’s nationwide, four-phase CarbonSAFE initiative designed to support implementation of commercial-scale CCS by 2025. If this research indicates potential for CCS in the region, the next step would be an in-depth feasibility study to evaluate the viability of a Nebraska geologic storage site for at least 50 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

For more information, contact Neil Wildgust, project manager, EERC, (701) 777-5193.