Mustang Energy Project

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} Peabody Energy proposed a 300 MW coal plant in Mustang, New Mexico.[1]

The plant was proposed to use approximate one million tonnes of coal a year from the Lee Ranch Mine owned by Peabody. In October 2004 U.S. Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham announced that the project had been given a $19.7 million Clean Coal Power Initiative grant "for demonstrating technology to achieve ultra-low emissions" at the proposed power station.[2]

The State of New Mexico required Peabody to consider advanced combustion technologies in its BACT analysis. Peabody concluded that neither Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) nor CFB technology was a feasible option, for economic and technical reasons. In September 2006, Peabody announced it would withdraw the Mustang plant application and instead build a syngas plant. [3]

Project Details

Sponsor: Mustang Energy (Peabody Energy)
Location: Mustang, NM
Capacity: 300 MW
Status: Cancelled


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  1. "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants", National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 17. (Pdf)
  2. Peabody Energy, "U.S. Department of Energy Awards Peabody's Mustang Energy Project With a Clean Coal Power Initiative Grant", Media Release, October 14, 2004.
  3. Western Resource Advocates, "New Mexico Coal Plant Proposals", undated, accessed December 2007.

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