The purpose of Project Pioneer was to explore the feasibility of, and subsequently to construct and operate one of the first industrial scale demonstration projects of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology retrofitted onto a modern coal-fired power plant. As the name indicates, this was a pioneering effort, and, although a decision not to proceed was made in late April 2012, Project Pioneer will continue to serve as a prototype and information source for the commercial-scale application and integration of CCS technology.
Project Pioneer was guided by the following strategic drivers:
- Demonstrating a viable technology option for near-zero emissions from coal-fired electricity;
- Developing an understanding of the economic viability of CCS;
- Implementing a solution to present day (GHG) emissions and for the existing coal fleet; and
- Addressing environmental policy uncertainty and related capital decision making challenges.