PORTUGAL: First CCS project launched

The project is co-funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), through the EU-funded Operational Agenda for Competitiveness Factors (COMPETE) and will be jointly developed by the University of Évora and the National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG), Tejo Energia (the plant owners) and Pegop (plant operators).

The Pego coal-fired power plant is owned by Tejo Energia, a joint venture between International Power (50%), Endesa (39%) and Energias de Portugal (EDP) (11%). The power plant, located near the river Tejo in central Portugal, has a capacity of around 600 megawatt (MW) electricity and emits around four megatonnes of CO2 per year.

Tejo Energia has also begun to build a new combined cycle gas turbine plant. The 530 million euro project will use natural gas as fuel and is expected to fully operate in the first quarter of 2011. By 2011 and with an installed capacity of 1,430 MW (600 MW produced by the coal-fired power plant and 830 MW by the new gas plant), the Pego area will be the most important electricity producing region in Portugal.