Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP)


The Texas Clean Energy Project (TCEP) is a “NowGen” Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) facility that will incorporate carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology in a first-of-its-kind commercial clean coal power plant. TCEP will be a 400MW power/poly-gen project that will also produce urea for the U.S. fertilizer market and capture 90 percent of its carbon dioxide (CO2) – approximately 2 million tons per year – which will be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the West Texas Permian Basin. TCEP is being developed by Seattle-based Summit Power Group, which in July 2014 kicked off a front end engineering and design (FEED) update with China Huanqui Contracting & Engineering Corporation (HQC), a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Siemens, Technip and CH2M Hill. TCEP received a $450MM award in 2010 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). TCEP received its final air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on December 28, 2010. The project will be located in Penwell, Texas, 15 miles west of Odessa.

The Texas Clean Energy project will be the first United States based power plant that combines both Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle and 90 percent carbon capture and storage technologies. It is scheduled for financial closing in April 2015 with a groundbreaking in Summer 2015. Commercial operation will commence in 2018.

As part of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group CCUS Initiative, launched by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, Summit and China Huaneng’s Clean Energy Research Institute signed a Framework Agreement in Beijing, China, on July 8, 2014 for the companies to work together on TCEP and Huaneng’s GreenGen project, a 250MW IGCC in Tianjin, China that will be adding carbon capture in its upcoming Phase 2 and using the captured CO2 for EOR.

“TCEP is a key part of the U.S. CCUS portfolio, and DOE has invested $450M into the project,” stated U.S. DOE’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fossil Energy, Christopher A. Smith, in a letter on 7/3/14 to China’s National Energy Administration Deputy Administrator Zhang Yuqing. “Summit Power and Huaneng will help each other in the planning and operation of TCEP and Phase 2 of GreenGen by sharing non-proprietary information and results from the respective projects.”

Summit: U.S. and China sign agreements to share technology

(JULY 10, 2014) A memorandum of understanding signed this week in Bejing, China, between U.S. and Chinese officials, brings the Texas Clean Energy Project closer to fruition when the two countries agreed that Summit Power Group will begin a partnership with a Chinese company to share information on the clean coal technology to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide. Read More

Clean Coal Plant One Step Closer to Completion

ODESSA, TX, (JULY 8, 2014) – A new coal power plant set to be built by Summit Power Group is one step closer to completion, after the Odessa City Council updates their contract with Summit Energy. Some reports say there’s up to three hundred years of coal available in the U.S. However, recent proposed E.P.A. Energy regulations could make coal harder for companies to burn unless they find a clean solution.