For Immediate Release: October 30, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Workshop to be held November 7 for Hydrogen Energy California Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop on the proposed Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project.

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, beginning at 3 p.m. Public questions and comments start at 6 p.m.

Where: : DoubleTree Bakersfield, California Room, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, California

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshop to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 6:

Why: The workshop is being held to allow staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public to discuss several technical areas related to the proposed project including greenhouse gas, carbon capture and storage, and Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc.'s planned use of carbon dioxide produced from the project for enhanced oil recovery. Other topics may be discussed as needed. Staff is still soliciting public questions and comments on the project.

What: The HECA project, proposed by SCS Energy, LLC, is an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that plans to manufacture hydrogen to generate 300 megawatts of electricity and to produce low-carbon nitrogen-based products such as fertilizer. SCS Energy, LLC, which acquired the project in 2011, filed an amended application for certification with the Commission in May 2012 after redesigning key aspects of the project.

The project would be located on a 453-acre site currently used for agricultural purposes. The site is located about seven miles west of Bakersfield near the town of Tupman in western Kern County.

The project would use a gasification technology to convert coal and petroleum coke to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen-rich syngas fuel would be used to generate electricity. The amended project includes a manufacturing facility that would produce urea-based products for agricultural uses.

The proposed plant would capture about 90 percent of the carbon dioxide produced from the gasification process and transport it for use at the adjacent Elk Hills Oil Field for enhanced oil recovery that would result in sequestration. Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. owns and operates the field.

The estimated construction cost for the HECA project is $3.15 billion. If the Commission approves the project, construction would last 49 months with work scheduled to start soon after approval with commercial operation projected for September 2017. The project would require an average workforce of 1,159 employees, with a peak of 2,461. Two hundred employees would be needed when the project is operating, according to the applicant.

More information about the HECA project can be found at:

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