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October 30, 2012

Southern Company and KBR Team on Powering Global Companies

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor


An alliance between Southern Company and KBR has been formed to power a variety of companies worldwide.

Atlanta-based Southern Company (SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast, and KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, government services, minerals, civil infrastructure, power, industrial and commercial markets.

Both companies have teamed on marketing 21st century coal technology, Transport Integrated Gasification (TRIG), which enables power companies to generate electricity in an efficient manner.

Developed by Southern Company and KBR under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this coal gasification process uses a low-cost fuel – low-rank coal – and reduces carbon emissions on the planet.

This technology supports coal-based generation with carbon dioxide emissions comparable to those of a natural gas plant, providing a viable solution for clean coal generation for companies across the world.

 “Through the development of TRIG technology, we've found a way to preserve coal as an important, low-carbon energy resource for America,” said Southern Company chairman, president and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “By leveraging this example of American energy innovation worldwide, we will help ensure more customers have access to clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy produced by an abundant and underutilized coal resource.”

TRIG technology can significantly improve a facility's cost, reliability and emissions performance. This service can be designed and configured to help meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

KBR has the global licensing rights for power generation, in addition to its existing rights in industrial applications of TRIG. For this project, Southern Company will provide engineering and technology expertise, and support KBR's sales, marketing, licensing and design efforts.

“This new collaboration between KBR and Southern Company will utilize the respective strengths of each organization to deploy commercial TRIG licensed processes worldwide and accelerate the adoption of TRIG in the marketplace,” said Bill Utt, KBR chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Edited by Braden Becker

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