1.0 Introduction

The Tenaska Trailblazer Energy Center (Trailblazer or Project) is a 760 MW gross, 600 MW net supercritical pulverized coal-fueled electric generating station under development in Nolan County, Texas, United States. The Project site is located approximately nine miles east of Sweetwater, Texas. The Project is expected to be the first new-build coal-fueled power plant to incorporate a commercial-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) capture plant into the initial design. It is being designed to capture 85 to 90 percent of the CO2 that otherwise would be emitted into the atmosphere.

This report discusses the Project's development efforts from Project inception to the current date as shown by the following timeline:


○ Conceptual phase conducted

○ Tenaska Board approves development of the Project

 February 2008

○ Site procured

○ Air permit application filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

○ Electric interconnection request filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

○ Project announced

 July 2008

○ Local office in Sweetwater, Texas opened

 September 2008

○ ERCOT issues its initial study of the Project's interconnection request

 January 2009

○ Nolan County tax abatement granted

 February 2009

○ TCEQ issues draft air permit for public comment

 March 2009

○ Hospital district tax abatement granted

 May 2009

○ Texas Legislature passes clean energy legislation that provides grants and tax incentives for carbon-fueled electric generating projects that capture at least 70 percent of the CO2 they otherwise would emit and meet stringent air emission standards for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury

○ Texas Legislature passes legislation that establishes a framework for regulation of CO2 sequestration and storage

 June 2009

Fluor Enterprises (Fluor) selected as Engineering, Construction and Procurement (EPC) contractor

 July 2009

○ Tenaska requested direct referral of its air permit application to the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings for a contested case hearing

 March 2010

○ Arch Coal, Inc. (Arch Coal) purchases 35 percent share of Project company

○ Project signs a 20-year coal supply agreement with Arch Coal

 April 2010

○ Tenaska commits to use of dry cooling technology

○ Tenaska signs settlement agreement with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

 June 2010

○ Trailblazer signs a funding agreement with the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (Global CCS Institute) to receive a $7 million (USD) grant

 July 2010

○ Fluor Econamine FG Plussm carbon capture technology is selected

 August 2010

○ Fluor begins the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for the carbon capture plant

 December 2010

○ Trailblazer Receives its final air permits from the TCEQ