Wyoming Integrated Test Center groundbreaking April 27
The Integrated Test Center (ITC) is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology.
Construction for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a cutting edge carbon research facility, will officially kick off April 27 at a groundbreaking ceremony at the Dry Fork Station near Gillette, WY. The facility is owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will lead the groundbreaking ceremony, along with representatives from Basin Electric, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Local and state leaders, as well as additional project partners, will also be in attendance. The event is slated for 2-3:30 p.m. MT.
“Basin Electric is pleased to provide the host site for this innovative project, which has much potential for our energy future,” said Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We believe that between human and industry ingenuity, partnerships and bold leadership, we can not only create a viable future for coal, but reduce carbon dioxide emissions without adversely impacting our local economies. This project is one step in that direction, and we look forward to seeing the results of so many innovative individuals.”
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, a one-hour roundtable discussion will be held with Mead and representatives of partner organizations. Due to limited space and security, the general public will be unable to attend the ceremony. Photos and video will be made available following the event.
The ITC is a public-private partnership designed to foster the next generation of energy technology. The ITC will provide space for researchers to test Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies using actual coal-based flue gas from the Dry Fork Station.
Pre-construction engineering and design work started in 2015. Last month, when the Dry Fork Station went into routine maintenance mode, a large steel damper was installed into the flue system that will help direct gas to researchers at the test center. The ITC is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.