August 2, 2019
By Kendra Chamberlain

Enchant Energy, the company that plans to turn the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington into the world’s largest carbon capture system, responded to criticisms made in a recent report, blasting the proposal.

NM Political Report spoke with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) report author Karl Cates about his concerns for the proposal last month.

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Enchant Energy addressed a number of issues raised by the IEEFA report in a document posted to the company’s website in late July. The company reiterated its belief that the proposed carbon capture system offers a cost-effective, low-emission solution to keep the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station open.

“Contrary to the IEEFA assertion, Enchant Energy is not making hard and fast ‘presumptions,’” the company said, pointing to a pre-feasibility study the company commissioned earlier this summer from global engineering firm Sargent & Lundry. “Should the [San Juan Generating Station carbon capture utilization and storage] project be deemed by investors anything but ‘cost-effective,’ Enchant Energy will not move forward with the project. However, the preliminary Sargent & Lundy feasibility report suggests the project is worthy of additional detailed study.”

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