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Request for Proposal Process and Timeline for Site Selection of the High Plains Gasification - Advanced Technology Center Released

January 5, 2009 — The University of Wyoming will release a request for proposals (RFP) for site selection of the proposed center Tuesday, Jan. 6.

The request solicits proposals to provide approximately a 35-acre site to locate a coal gasification technology center and provide space for potential future expansion. The RFP will be publicly available at

The proposed center is expected to include all or some of the following components: feedstock storage (coal pile), rainwater retention, feedstock processing, industrial gas (oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, natural gas) processing, a gasifier, gas flare, byproducts handling, control center, electrical, maintenance and educational facilities. The tallest structure at the proposed center is expected to be approximately 100-125 feet tall.

"The construction of this facility is expected to take two to two-and-a-half years, with employment expected to peak at approximately 300 construction jobs," Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and economic development, says. "Although final engineering and construction estimates have not yet been completed, the total construction costs, including installed equipment, are expected to be $100 million to $120 million."

A mandatory meeting for interested proposers will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in Room 213 at the Education and Enrichment Center Building at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne to answer questions about the proposal process. Interested proposers may also submit questions online at once the RFP is released on Tuesday.

The University of Wyoming in cooperation with GE Energy developed and approved the site criteria and will evaluate the proposals. UW expects to enter into negotiations with one or more RFP respondents later this winter.

Plans for the proposed High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center were announced in October 2008. The proposed center is a project being developed jointly by GE Energy and the University of Wyoming. The agreement signed in October outlines the framework for the joint development, design, construction and operation of the facility and enables work to begin immediately.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Lowell
University of Wyoming
(307) 766-2929

Cynthia Coleman
GE Energy
(832) 671 4540

Posted on Monday, January 05, 2009

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