AMP / Baard Energy / Coal

Proposed W.Va. coal-to-liquid plant proceeds as other companies hold off on similar projects

No commercial coal-to-liquid plants currently exist in U.S.

CHARLESTON, WV — “With TransGas Development Systems LLC expecting to begin construction on its Adams Fork coal-to-liquids plant in Mingo County in a few weeks, it seems fair to ask: Why isn’t anyone else doing this?

For all the talk over the years of the need to develop liquid fuels from coal, and for all the statements by political leaders that coal-to-liquids is a bright opportunity for West Virginia, the idea just hasn’t caught on with the people who would invest the time and money in siting, designing, building and operating such plants…

And, of course, the electric industry lately has turned to natural gas over coal for new plants.

One example of that is in Meigs County, Ohio, where American Municipal Power planned to build a new coal-fired power plant a few miles down the Ohio River from Ravenswood, W.Va. Construction workers and others were looking forward to such a large project. As with most large-scale coal projects, though, that project was challenged by several groups on environmental and economic grounds. Eventually, AMP bought an existing gas-fired plant and abandoned its coal plans.

American Electric Power had considered sites in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky for new power plants using the integrated gasification combined cycle, or IGCC, technology that converts coal to gas. But those plans have fallen by the wayside.”

Pam Kasey and Jim Ross, West Virginia State Journal

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