2006/2/10 BP

BP and Edison Mission Group Plan Major Hydrogen Power Project for California

BP and Edison Mission Group (EMG), a subsidiary of Edison International, today announced that they are planning a new $1 billion hydrogen-fueled power plant in California that would generate clean electricity with minimal carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

first-of-its-kind plant would be located alongside BP's Carson refinery, about 20 miles south of Los Angeles, and would be capable of producing 500 megawatts (MW) of low-carbon generation, enough power to serve 325,000 Southern California homes.

The proposed Carson project would combine a number of existing industrial processes to provide a new option for generating electricity without significant CO2 emissions. Petroleum coke produced at California refineries would first be converted to hydrogen and CO2 gases and around 90 percent of the CO2 captured and separated.

Petroleum coke石油コークス is a residue produced when all useful volatile hydrocarbons are removed from crude oil in the refining process. Carson refinery's coker units produce around 3 to 4,000 tons of coke a day.

The hydrogen gas stream would be used to fuel a gas turbine to generate electricity. The captured CO2 would be transported by pipeline to an oilfield and injected into reservoir rock formations thousands of feet underground, both stimulating additional oil production and permanently trapping the CO2.


Notes to editors:
Today's announcement follows the November 2005 launch of BP's new low-carbon power generation business -
BP Alternative Energy - which brings together hydrogen power projects, such as the proposed Carson plant, with BP's interests in solar, wind and gas-fired power generation. BP plans to invest up to $8 billion over the next ten years to create a low-carbon power business with the potential to deliver revenues of around $6 billion a year. BP announced plans for its first hydrogen power project - in Peterhead, Scotland - in June 2005.