Adams Fork Energy Plant

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In December 2008, TransGas Development Systems announced plans to build a $4 billion coal-to-liquids plant in Mingo County, West Virginia. The Adams Fork Energy Plant will produce 756,000 gallons of gasoline from coal each day.

The plant will use an estimated 3 million tons of local coal per year to produce more than 6.5 million barrels of gasoline.[1]

On April 21, 2009, the Sierra Club submitted a comment letter to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection urging the rejection of TransGas's request to be permitted as a minor source of pollutants and thereby avoid using the best pollution controls possible.[2]

In October 2009, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced its preliminary decision to grant the plant's air permit. In November, the Division of Air Quality said it was extending the public comment period from November 30 to December 18, 2009.[3]

TransGas Development Systems has said it scheduled a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Mingo County site for May 9, 2011, in Wharncliffe. TransGas has a state air quality permit and authority to issue bonds from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.[4]

Project Details

Sponsor: Transgas Development Systems
Location: Mingo County, WV
Size: 750,000 gallons per day
Type: Coal-to-liquids
Projected in service: 2013
Status: Early development

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References

  1. "TransGas Development Systems to Build $3B CTL Plant in West Virginia," Free Republic, December 12, 2008.
  2. "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed May 2009. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)
  3. "W.Va. seeks more comment on coal-to-gas plant," Associated Press, November 26, 2009.
  4. "Groundbreaking set for W.Va. coal-to-gas plant" AP, April 22, 2011.

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