(EnergyAsia, October 29, Thursday) — Engineering firm KBR said it has won a contract from Beijing Guoneng Yinghui Clean Energy Engineering Co Ltd to provide licensing, engineering services and proprietary equipment for the implementation of a proprietary gasification technology at a Dongguan coal power plant in China’s Guandong province. The Transport Integrated Gasification technology (TRIG™) is jointly owned by KBR and Southern Company.

The contract award marks China as the site for the first worldwide commercial implementation of the TRIG™ technology with the goal of producing low-emission, coal-based electricity.

KBR said the technology will enable Dongguan to tap into affordable, low rank coal reserves that would otherwise be uneconomic to develop. Once on stream, KBR said TRIG™ will help provide clean, reliable and affordable coal-based electricity for one of the most populous regions in the world. Work is expected to begin immediately.

The coal gasification technology was co-developed with the Southern Company and others and in conjunction with the US Department of Energy (DOE).

“KBR is proud that TRIG™ was selected for this historic implementation in China by virtue of TRIG™ technology’s fit with Beijing Guoneng’s long-term business objectives,” said John Rose, KBR Hydrocarbons’ President.

The Dongguan plant is the first phase of the total 920MW Sun State power project developed by Beijing Guoneng. This phase of the project will generate 120MW of electric power and is due to be commissioned by February 2011. The second phase will be an 800MW IGCC power plant to be completed by 2012.

KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, government services and civil infrastructure sectors.