BP Adding 250 Megawatts of Cogeneration to its Texas City Refinery
BP broke ground in October on a 250-megawatt addition to the existing 750-megawatt cogeneration facility at its refinery in Texas City, Texas. Cogeneration facilities, also called combined heat and power facilities, create steam and power, both of which are generally used on-site. The $100 million BP project, which should be complete in mid-2008, will allow BP to more fully utilize its refinery fuel gas, which is a mixture of lightweight gases generated within the refinery. According to BP, the new facility will not only increase the energy efficiency of the refinery, but will also enhance its operational flexibility, improve its environmental performance, and increase the safety of the BP employees. Any power generated at the plant that is not needed for refining operations will be sold into the local power markets. See the BP press release.
Combined heat and power will be one of the topics at the 2006 Texas Technology Showcase, to be held in Galveston, Texas, on December 6th and 7th. The conference will focus on energy management in the chemical manufacturing and refining industries. Sponsored in part by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program, the conference will include an update on DOE's Save Energy Now program, which provides energy assessments at industrial facilities. Among the many technologies showcased at the conference will be the Super Boiler, a high-efficiency industrial boiler developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Cleaver-Brooks, with partial support from DOE. See the agenda for the Texas Technology Showcase as well as the GTI press release on the Super Boiler.
DOE's Industrial Technologies Program began accepting applications on October 2nd for the second round of its Save Energy Now campaign. DOE plans to conduct 250 industrial energy assessments in 2007. Applications will be accepted until January 19th, 2007, or until the target of 250 assessments is reached, whichever comes first. The first 138 energy assessments have identified 35 trillion Btu per year in potential energy savings, equivalent to the natural gas consumed by 480,000 typical U.S. homes. See the Save Energy Now Web site.