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Three Sites Identified for Further Review for Planned Coal Gasification Research Facility

February 20, 2009

The Governance Board for the High Plains Gasification - Advanced Technology Center has identified three sites to be considered for further evaluation for the proposed coal gasification research facility. The sites selected for further review, listed alphabetically by county, are:

Campbell County -- Campbell County/City of Gillette
Goshen County -- Goshen County Economic Development
Laramie County -- Cheyenne LEADS

The sites were among 15 proposals submitted earlier this month.

In the coming weeks, the Governance Board will continue its evaluation of these proposals, which will include site visits and additional analysis. The Governance Board is expected to develop recommendations regarding location of the center later this spring.

The Governance Board was established in accordance with the Joint Development Implementation Agreement which was executed by the state of Wyoming and GE Energy in October, 2008. The board consists of representative of GE Energy and the state of Wyoming.

The contents of all proposals remain confidential.

Plans for developing a coal gasification facility were announced last October. 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.

For information on the project, visit

Jessica Lowell
UW Director of Communications
(307) 766-2929

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

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