Weather slows construction of clean coal plant in Oklahoma

Clean Coal Technologies Inc. is almost ready to resume construction on a test plant in Oklahoma after being delayed by winter weather earlier this year.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: March 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014

Winter weather has delayed construction of a clean coal test plant, but officials with the company behind the technology remain confident in its success.

Clean Coal Technologies Inc. had hoped to have its pilot plant operational by early this year, but CEO Robin Eves said “one of the worst winters on record” put the project behind schedule.

“On many days, the workers simply could not reach the facility,” he said in a webcast last week.

Eves said the delay has added to the cost of the $3.6 million project, leaving the company scrambling to find some additional funding.

Eves did not indicate how much more money was need to finish the project in the March 11 webcast, but he said Tuesday that construction should begin again soon.

He had said the plant would be completed in about six weeks once construction resumes.

Once it is completed, the plant will be trucked to the AES Shady Point coal plant near Panama in Le Flore County. It will apply the New York-based company’s formula for improving coal as a fuel source by removing moisture and volatile material that lead to harmful emissions.

Eves said he visited the plant with a group of potential investors from South Korea before Christmas.

“This is really an engineering masterpiece,” he said. “The technology works. We know that, and therefore no proof of concept is necessary.”

Even though the plant is taking longer and costing more than expected, Eves is optimistic about its potential.

“This will be a showpiece for the company and the technology,” he said.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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