Alstom has signed a memorandum of understanding with PGE Elektrownia Belchatow S.A. on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Belchatow power plant in Poland. The project will take place in two phases. In the first phase, Alstom will design and construct a pilot carbon capture plant, which would capture roughly 100,000 tons of CO2 per year. This first phase is expected to be operating in 2011 and will be jointly run by the two companies.

The second phase of the CCS project will occur on a larger scale. It will see CO2 captured from the 858 MW lignite-fired unit that is currently being built by Alstom for Elektrownia Belchatow. The clean coal plant is expected to be completed and operating by 2015, utilizing Alstom’s advanced amine-based scrubbing technology. Alstom expects that the project will result in CO2 emissions reductions of more than 1 million tons per year.