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March 29, 2006

Company Proposes to Build a Coal-to-Liquids Plant in Wyoming

The high cost of gasoline has recently resulted in more attention for biofuel alternatives such as ethanol and biodiesel, but the same factors that make those alternatives more attractive are also increasing the viability of fuels derived from fossil energy sources. One potential alternative is coal-to-liquids technology, which involves gasifying the coal and converting it to a liquid fuel in a high-temperature, catalytic reaction called the Fischer-Tropsch process. Named after its inventors, the Fischer-Tropsch process can also be employed to convert gasified biomass and natural gas into liquid fuels.

A company called DKRW Energy, LLC believes the time is right for a coal-to-liquids plant in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, in the heart of western coal country. Last year, the company signed an option agreement with Arch Coal, Inc. to acquire undeveloped coal reserves in Wyoming, and early this year, the company signed a license agreement with Rentech, Inc. for its Fischer-Tropsch technology. In mid-March, DKRW Energy signed a license agreement with the General Electric Company for its coal gasification technology. DKRW Energy plans to produce 11,000 barrels per day of low-sulfur diesel fuel and other fuels at its proposed Medicine Bow facility. See the DKRW Energy Web site and press release (PDF 24 KB). Download Adobe Reader.