For Immediate Release: August 13, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey _ 916_654_4989


Public Workshop on August 17 to Discuss
Hydrogen Energy California Project

What: California Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop for the proposed 250-megawatt Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project in western Kern County.

When: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: Hearing Room B, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California

For those unable to attend the hearing, you may participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click here:

Why: The Energy Commission staff is reviewing the proposed HECA project. Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. (OEHI) plans to use carbon dioxide from the HECA facility to extend its existing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in an area within the Elk Hills Unit.

The workshop will provide the opportunity to learn more about OEHI’s proposed enhanced oil recovery and carbon dioxide project and discuss the project’s draft monitoring, reporting, and verification plan. A large portion of the carbon dioxide used in the EOR process will be permanently housed within the Elk Hills Unit.

The HECA project, proposed by Hydrogen Energy International, LLC, is an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that will capture and permanently store 90 percent of its carbon dioxide.

The proposed facility will be located on a 473-acre site located approximately seven miles west of Bakersfield near the town of Tupman. The site is near a hydrocarbon-producing area known as Elk Hills Field that is currently used for agricultural purposes.

The HECA project will gasify petroleum coke, or blends of petroleum coke and coal as needed, to produce hydrogen to fuel a combustion turbine operating in combined cycle mode. The hydrogen is used to generate electricity. The carbon dioxide is compressed and piped to the neighboring oil reservoirs and injected for storage to enhance oil recovery.

More information on the proposed project is here:

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