New York-based Clean Coal Technologies Inc. is ready to start construction of a pilot plant in eastern Oklahoma to convert coal into a cleaner burning, more efficient fuel.
The company announced Thursday it has all of the major components in place for the $3.6 million plant.
“With the arrival of the components of the pilot plant, we are a major step closer to the commercialization of our unique technology,” CEO Robin Eves said in a news release. “Today marks the second anniversary of our filing of the patent application for the Pristine-M process.”
Clean Coal's process was designed to improve coal as a fuel source by removing moisture and volatile material that lead to harmful emissions.
“We are very grateful for the enormous amount of work and effort on the part of many people that has made it possible for us to reach this important milestone in what we regard as record time,” Eves said. “That the plant has reached construction phase in just two years is testament to the enormous knowledge base of our engineers who have overcome the challenges of designing a plant capable of handling widely different coal types in a marketplace where there have been many high-profile failures.”
Clean Coal Technologies has not received a permit from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to build and operate the plant. The state agency has asked for more information about the project before deciding on the permit application, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
Near AES Shady Point
The pilot plant will be built near the AES Shady Point LLC coal plant near Panama in Le Flore County.
“We have found an ideal site to commission and test the pilot plant scheduled to be delivered to the Oklahoma facility within the next six weeks,” Eves said earlier this week.
The site agreement announced Tuesday includes financial terms for a technology license that would be available to the power company's affiliates around the world.
The pilot plant will be assembled at a facility near Tulsa by Science Applications International Corp. and mounted on skids before it is delivered to the test site. It will be placed on a 100-foot-by-100-foot cement slab.
“The pilot plant represents an important step forward in the development of a viable coal upgrade process that enhances the sustainability of coal as a staple fuel for power generation anywhere in the world,” Eves said. “The bottom line is that the technologies that will be introduced on the back of the Oklahoma test plant could have positive implications for boiler efficiencies and the cost of power generation, and will benefit the coal industry in general on a global basis.”