US/CHINA: Duke Energy to help Huaneng to develop CCS technology

This MoU is one of the positive results of the efforts US and Chinese officials have recently put into bilateral talks on emission reductions before December`s UN climate talks over the past few months.

Meanwhile Duke Energy is engaged in building a 630 megawatt coal gasification plant in Indiana (to be finished in 2012) where the electric utility also conducts research on CCS as coal gasification produces a relatively pure stream of CO2.

China Huaneng on the other hand was the first one to build a CO2 capture demonstration project in China (Beijing) and is currently planning a larger-scale demonstration, to be operational by the end of 2009 in Shanghai.