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.