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First Uhde Prenflo PDQ application in the U.S.  

By Gerald Ondrey |

By way of an internationally attended groundbreaking ceremony, TransGas Development Systems, LLC, has begun construction of America’s largest coal-to-gasoline complex, the Adams Fork Energy plant in Mingo County, W.V. The ceremony was conducted today on the project site at Wharncliffe, W.V. The Adams Fork Energy plant will convert regional coal into 18,000 bbl/d of premium grade, ultra clean gasoline. The facility was permitted by the State of West Virginia, and is based on Uhde’s Prenflo PDQ gasification technology (for process details, see CE, November 2008, p. 14; www.chemengonline.com/news/4332.html) provided by Uhde Corp. of America (Bridgeville/Pittsburgh, Pa.), which belongs to the ThyssenKrupp group. Uhde Corp. of America is business partner of Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.eu). Due to the current energy market situation, Uhde sees a significant increase in the demand for coal-based, alternative energy projects; the Adams Fork Energy plant is one that will create more independence from the oil sector and a new marketplace for coal-derived fuels. Gasification offers a number of upstream and downstream advantages in an environment of record oil and gas prices and dwindling energy reserves also worldwide.…
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