Joint Press Release from RWE Power, BASF and Linde: RWE Power, BASF and Linde are developing new processes for CO2 capture in coal-fired power plants

9/28/2007, 12:30 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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- Co-operation has been agreed - commercial application from 2020
- 90 per cent of CO2 to be removed from combustion gas

Essen/Cologne, Ludwigshafen, Munich, 28 September 2007 - RWE Power,
BASF and The Linde Group have agreed on the development of new
processes for CO2 capture from combustion gases in coal-fired power
plants today.

The co-operation will comprise the construction and operation of a
pilot facility at the lignite-fired power plant of RWE Power AG in
Niederaussem to test new developments and solvents from BASF for the
capture of CO2 - so-called CO2 scrubbing. Linde will be responsible
for the engineering and the construction of the pilot facility.

"We are accepting the challenges of climate protection and want to be
proactive in pushing all the available options for the reduction and
avoidance of CO2. We are confident that, together with our partners,
we will soon be developing the process of CO2 capture to commercial
maturity so that this technology can be deployed in new and existing
modern coal-fired power plants in the future," said Dr. Johannes
Lambertz, Board member of RWE Power with responsibility for fossil-
fuelled power plants. "BASF conducts worldwide research on products
to conserve resources and energy. By entering into this collaboration
with RWE Power and Linde, we are contributing our wide-ranging
expertise in CO2 capture technology. Our research is seeking to find
a suitable solvent for the efficient capture of CO2," said Dr. Stefan
Marcinowski, research representative and Board member of BASF. "This
promising co-operation of three responsible major companies can
provide an important impetus to climate protection," said Dr. Aldo
Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "It is the aim of
the Linde Group to help reduce emissions wherever possible. Our
activities include continuous efficiency improvements of our plant
designs for the benefit of our customers, CO2 capture methods as well
as expedient recycling systems and the production of environmentally
friendly alternative fuels."

The purpose of the planned pilot facility is the long-term testing of
new solvents with a view to gaining an understanding of processes and
plant engineering to improve CO2 capture technology. The goal is to
apply CO2 capture commercially in lignite-fired power plants by 2020.
The new technology should enable us to remove more than 90 per cent
of CO2 from the combustion gas of a power plant and then subsequently
to store this gas underground. Once we have successfully completed
our pilot tests, we will decide on a subsequent demonstration plant
in 2010. This will be designed to provide a reliable basis for the
commercialisation of the new process. RWE Power has earmarked a
budget of approximately EUR 80 million for the development project,
including the construction and operation of the pilot facility and
demonstration plant.

"There is agreement among experts," says Lambertz, "that coal will
continue to be an important pillar in the global energy supply for
decades to come. This is why we have set up a long-range CO2
avoidance strategy: we are building the most efficient coal-fired
power plants in the world, and we are developing a new generation of
power plants for tomorrow, with an efficiency of over 50 per cent. We
are already designing all our modern coal-fired power plants so that
they can eventually be equipped with the CO2 capture technology that
is currently being developed with BASF and Linde. The aim must be to
set up not only highly modern plants from 2020, but also virtually
carbon-neutral coal-fired power plants including storage."

Apart from the so-called CO2-scrubbing method, RWE Power is also
developing the first carbon-neutral coal-fired power plant with CO2
transport and storage, based on the integrated gasification
combined-cycle process (IGCC). This large-scale 450-MW plant is due
to come on stream in 2014, although no decision has yet been taken as
to where it should be located. With a view to climate protection, RWE
Power has also decided to expand renewable energies throughout
Europe, with the focus on generating electric power from water, wind
and biomass.

RWE and BASF have been involved in the CASTOR project since early
2004, a research project that is sponsored by the European Union (EU)
and which seeks to find methods to remove CO2 from combustion gases
and to store it. The project is also supported by a number of
prestigious European universities, research institutions, public
authorities and industrial enterprises, including several renowned
power plant operators, oil and gas companies and plant manufacturers.

RWE Power is the largest German electricity producer responsible for
the Group's generation of electric power in Germany as well as in
Central/Eastern Europe. RWE Power uses a wide range of energy
sources: lignite from open-cast mines in the Rhineland and nuclear
energy for the base load, as well as hard coal, gas and renewable
energies such as water, wind and biomass for medium and peak loads.
RWE Power and its subsidiaries employ a workforce of over 17,000,
both in Germany and abroad.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company.
Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products,
agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural
gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's
high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its
customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and
uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional
market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental
protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better
future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of
€52.6 billion in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges
in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information
on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with
around 49,000 employees working in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Following the acquisition of The BOC Group plc, the company has sales
of around 12 billion euro per annum. The strategy of The Linde Group
is geared towards earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion
of its international business with forward-looking products and
services. For more information, please see The Linde Group online at
http://www.linde.com

For further information:
The Linde Group
Stefan Metz
Tel. +49.89.35757-1322

RWE Power
Lothar Lambertz
Tel. +49.2011223-984

BASF
Financial Press: Ingrid Nienaber
Tel. +49.621.6099-123
Trade Press: Klaus-Peter Rieser
Tel.: +49.621.6095-138



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