(EnergyAsia, February 26, Thursday) —- Engineering giant Foster Wheeler AG said that its Milan-based subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Italiana SpA, has been awarded a contract for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and technical services for a new gasification island, based on Shell technology, in South Korea. The contract was awarded by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd (DOOSAN).

The plant, to be built in one of the existing coal-fired power plants, is partially supported by the South Korean government as a part of a national research, development and demonstration project.

DOOSAN is the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractor selected to develop the island for a coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant.

Foster Wheeler said it will undertake the FEED, provide procurement assistance for long-lead items, develop a capital cost estimate, and provide technical training on gasification and technical support during the EPC phase. The IGCC plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

“We have considerable expertise in gasification and IGCC using a wide range of feedstocks. We believe that coal-based IGCC is an efficient and flexible technology and is part of a portfolio of products offered by Foster Wheeler for clean coal power generation,” said Marco Moresco, CEO of Foster Wheeler Italiana.

“DOOSAN has great confidence in Foster Wheeler’s unrivalled experience and know-how in IGCC plants and technologies,” said Dong Soo Suh, executive vice president of DOOSAN.

“This contract further enhances our cooperation with Foster Wheeler, with whom we already have in place a clean coal technology licensing agreement for subcritical-pressure circulating fluidised bed steam generators.”

The IGCC process produces electricity from a solid or liquid fuel. First, the fuel through gasification is converted to syngas, which is a mixture mainly of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.

Second, the syngas is cleaned to remove sulphur compounds and finally is converted to electricity in a combined cycle power block consisting of a gas turbine, a heat recovery steam generator and a steam turbine.