BP Targets Emissions with New Power Plant
BP, touting its leadership role as a responsible energy company,
said last week it is completing plans to decrease its Houston area
NOx emissions through the construction of new cogeneration
facilities at its Texas City and Chocolate Bayou refining and
BP said it is finalizing negotiations with Ohio-based Cinergy
Solutions to build new natural gas-fired cogeneration facilities,
shutting down less efficient gas-fired units. BP Global Power, the
power development unit of BP Gas and Power, will be an investor in
the project's development.
The replacement facilities will result in NOx emission
reductions of about 53% from the Texas City site and 34% from the
Chocolate Bayou site. This project is a key component in BP's
proactive approach to working with the Texas Natural Resource
Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to meet their proposed 90% emission
reductions targets. In addition to substantial NOx reductions, the
sites will also reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 727,000
tons per year.
Combined, the existing assets and new facilities will produce
805 MW of electricity and 3.5 million pounds per hour of steam.
The power generation units will be able to produce more
electricity than required by the two sites enabling the excess to
be sold on to the open market to other energy users. Cinergy
Solutions will construct and operate the units.
"Leadership in environmental progress is a cornerstone of the BP
brand," said Tim Scruggs, vice president of the Texas City business
unit. "This is a further demonstration of our commitment to
improving air quality in Texas. It gives the public, TNRCC and our
colleagues a clear idea of how we plan to reach the aggressive
emission targets set for industrial facilities in our area. We also
believe the project helps create business opportunities for us and
for others as well."
Steve Harkness, the president of Cinergy Solutions, said, "We
are extremely pleased that we were selected to partner with an
environmental leader like BP on these projects. Based on our
successes with our other industrial partners, we know that
environmental excellence can be achieved in balance with safety and
In September, BP announced its commitment to work with the TNRCC
to achieve substantial NOx emission reductions from its industrial
point sources in the Houston non-attainment area. BP is the only
energy company to support the State Implementation Plan (SIP)
target reductions in an effort to bring Houston into compliance
with the standards set by the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of
"While others are fighting the process and casting doubt, we are
stating our support and commitment to reducing pollution and to
doing what we think is part of the solution to air quality in and
around Houston, " Scruggs added.
This commitment is fully in line with the BP's position as the
first energy company to commit to reduce its global greenhouse gas
emissions, manifested in CO2 emissions, by 10% over its baseline
1990 totals by the year 2010.
In addition to these initiatives, BP is working with the city of
Houston to provide ECD-200, an ultra low sulfur diesel which, when
used in conjunction with after treatment technologies, reduces NOx,
sulfur and particulate emissions. The city is embarking this fall
on a project to test fuels and treatment on a number of
diesel-power vehicles and machines.
"All of these efforts, including our 30 part-per million
gasoline offerings in 40 cities worldwide demonstrate our intent to
be part of the nation's environmental solutions, not problems,"
The Texas City refinery is the largest in the BP system and one
of the largest in the U.S., processing 450,000 barrels of crude per
day. The Texas City chemicals plant is a world-class producer of
metaxylene, paraxylene, and styrene. The Chocolate Bayou Works is a
leading producer of Olefins (primarily ethylene, propylene and
butadiene), and Polypropylene.