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Fifteen Sites in Nine Counties Proposed for Planned Coal Gasification Research Facility

February 10, 2009

Eleven proposers submitted 15 proposals in nine Wyoming counties to be considered for the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center.

"We're tremendously pleased with the response that we've received from across the state," Bill Gern, University of Wyoming vice president for research and economic development, says. "This is an important step in making this project a reality."

UW issued a request for proposals in January seeking suitable sites in Wyoming for the research facility. In coming weeks, proposals will be evaluated for their suitability, based on the information outlined in the request for proposals. To be considered, proposers were required to attend a mandatory meeting in mid-January and submit proposals by 4 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The contents of the proposals remain confidential. Below is an alphabetical listing of the counties and proposers.

Albany -- Laramie Economic Development Corporation; and Pete Lien and Sons.
Campbell -- Campbell County/City of Gillette.
Carbon -- Carbon County Economic Development Corporation.
Goshen -- Goshen County Economic Development Corporation.
Johnson -- DeSmet Gasification.
Laramie -- Cheyenne LEADS.
Natrona -- Casper Area Economic Development Alliance; and Granite Peak, LLC.
Niobrara -- Niobrara Electric Association.
Sweetwater -- Sweetwater Economic Development Association.

Plans for developing a coal gasification facility were announced in October, 2008. The High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center is 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 additional work to begin immediately.

The proposed center would consist of a small-scale gasification system that would allow UW and GE Energy researchers to develop and validate advanced coal gasification technology solutions for Powder River Basin and other Wyoming coals. The plant is expected to allow engineers to gain experience in working on coal gasification processes, and will provide students an opportunity to learn about coal gasification.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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