Louisiana Utility conducting front-end engineering study for Carbon Capture site at Coal-Fired Power unit

April 19, 2022
A Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study is underway for the Project Diamond Vault, which will re-engineer the existing Madison 3 plant to reduce CO2 emissions by 95% through CCS technology

Cleco Power is developing a state-of-the-art carbon capture facility at its multi-fuel Brame Energy Center in central Louisiana.

A Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study is underway for the Project Diamond Vault, which will re-engineer the existing Madison 3 plant to reduce CO2 emissions by 95% through CCS technology.

Project Diamond Vault will be one of the first U.S. projects to capture the CO2 emissions of the power plant and sequester them in geological formations. Madison 3 has low sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates emissions as it uses advanced combustion technology and pollution control measures.

The FEED study will cost about $12 million and take approximately 18 months. Cleco Power is obtained $9 million in congressional appropriation, which will help with the FEED study costs. Once the study is completed, Cleco Power will raise approximately $900 million in project capital funding via tax credits, private equity investment and grants from the DOE.

Sargent & Lundy is the engineer and Battelle is providing advice on the characterization of geological storage capacity, permitting and storage operations.

The 1.6-GW Brame Energy Center has gas-fired and coal-fired generation units. Much of the power plant was completed in stages through the 1970s and ‘80s.

Madison Unit 3, has a generation capacity of about 641 MW utilizing coal and biomass feedstocks. It was constructed and completed in 2010.

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