Roundup Coal-to-Liquids

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{{#Badges:CoalSwarm}} The developers of the Roundup Coal-to-Liquids project have announced plans to produce 22,000 barrels per day of liquid synfuels along with 300 megawatts of electricity.[1] However, they do not appear to have access to sufficient, coal, water, or financing to make the project a reality. The mine that would supply the coal has been in and out of bankruptcy and permit revocation since it opened, and it is currently not operating.[2]

In July 2007, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality ruled that BMD could not reuse its permit for the originally proposed Roundup plant, but rather must begin a new permitting process. [2] The company is currently in litigation with disappointed investors, and DKRW, a gasification company that had earlier entered into a preliminary partnership with Bull Mountain Development, now says it has "no official connection to the plant."[3]

Project Details

Sponsor: Bull Mountain Development
Location: Billings, MT
Capacity: 300 MW coal-to-liquids
Projected in service: TBD
Status: Cancelled


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  1. "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants: Coal's Resurgence in Electric Power Generation", National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 15. (Pdf)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pipe Dream: Hopes for a coal-powered future darken by the day", Missoula Independent, September 20, 2007.
  3. "Clean Coal Still a Distant Vision", New West Missoula, December 7, 2007.

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External links

  • "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed December 2007. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)