Bechtel Overseas Power Corp. and GE Energy announced yesterday that they have signed an agreement with TransCanada Corp. to develop the first polygeneration facility in Canada designed to be able to use petroleum coke and incorporate carbon capture and storage. In addition to generating approximately 300 megawatts of electricity, the expectation is that the proposed facility will use petroleum coke as feedstock to produce hydrogen, nitrogen, steam and carbon dioxide for fertilizer and enhanced oil recovery. GE Energy’s gasification technology, which has the ability to capture carbon for use in processes such as EOR, will be used at the facility and is anticipated to sequester over five million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually to increase local oil production and significantly reduce carbon emissions. The proposed Belle Plaine facility, which is anticipated to be brought into service in 2013, would be located in southern Saskatchewan, Canada.