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Jeffrey Energy Center, CHS Refinery

Feb. 19, 2017

On February 15, three team members of the Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage for Kansas Project (ICKan) were hosted by Westar Energy Company at their Jeffrey Energy Center facility in St. Marys and by CHS Inc.'s refinery in McPherson. Westar and CHS are industry partners to the Kansas Geological Survey's ICKan project, a part of the U.S. DOE/NETL's CarbonSAFE program. The focus of this initial visit was to gather and exchange technical information and discuss means to optimize CO2 capture within the context of the plant layout and operations at the respective sites.

Steam billows from Westar's three 800 Mw electrical generation units on a brisk February morning at the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys Kansas.

Steam billows from Westar's three 800 Mw electrical generation units on a brisk February morning at the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys Kansas.

Following the one-day, "all hands" kick-off meeting for ICKan attended by more than 30 individuals from seven industry partners, four sub-contractors to the project, Kansas Geological Survey staff, and other interested parties, Martin Dubois, Joint-PI, Improved Hydrocarbon Recovery, Krish Krishnamurthy, Head of Group R&D in the Americas for Linde having responsibility for Linde's carbon capture program, and Yevhen (Eugene) Holubnyak, Petroleum Engineer for the KGS visited the two possible industrial sources for CO2.

Mike Smith (Senior Engineer for Westar), right, and Krish Krishnamurthy (Linde) discuss possible locations to capture surplus heat for use in the CO2 capture process. Smith and Dan Wilkus, Westar's Director of Air Programs hosted the plant tour.

Team members discuss possible locations to capture surplus heat for use in the CO2 capture process.

CHS, Inc. engineers and ICKan Project engineers discuss CO2 capture possibilities from CHS's two hydrogen reformers (one in background). From left, Richard Johnson, Process Engineering and Development Manager, Krishnamurthy, Holubnyak, and Clint Janzen, Operations Engineer.

Team members discuss capture possibilities from two hydrogen reformers at McPherson refinery.

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. DOE announced that the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) and the University of Kansas as recipients of a $1.2M grant for the $1.5M ICKan Project. The 18-month Phase I of a potentially four-Phase project is termed a pre-feasibility study. Phase I objectives include identifying, evaluating, and developing plans to address the major technical and non-technical challenges of implementing commercial-scale CO2 capture, transport, and secure geologic storage in Kansas.

Kickoff Meeting

Feb. 14, 2017

Joint-Principal Investigators, Tandis Bidgoli and Martin Dubois welcome the full team to the ICKan Kickoff Meeting held at the Kansas Geological Survey on February 14th, 2017. Policy and regulatory participants included representatives from the Great Plains Institute based in Minneapolis, MN, the law firm of Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer in Wichita, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Industry representatives included Westar Energy, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, CHS Refinery in McPherson, Linde LLC, and numerous Kansas oil and gas operators.

Tandis Bidgoli and Martin Dubois welcome the full team to the ICKan Kickoff Meeting.

Brendan Jordan, Vice President of the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis, MN, presents on the current status of legal, regulatory, and public policies regarding carbon capture and storage (CCS) during the Kickoff morning session.

Brendan Jordan presents on the current status of legal, regulatory, and public policies regarding CCS.

Joint-Principal Investigator, Tandis Bidgoli, Assistant Scientist in the Kansas Geological Survey's Energy Research Section, presents on the risks for storage sites involved in CCS. Key highlights during her talk emphasized the importance of brine disposal and links to induced seismicity around the region.

Tandis Bidgoli presents on the risks for storage sites involved in CCS.

Also available is the agenda for the meeting, held on Tues., Feb. 14, at the Kansas Geological Survey offices in Lawrence.

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