A company based in South Jordan, Utah is part of a consortium which proposes to build a coal-to-fuel plant in western North Dakota. Full story published in the Arizona Daily Star.
Headwaters, Inc. of South Jordan has joined with Dallas-based North American Coal and Great River Energy of Elk River, MN to form American Lignite Energy LLC, which will oversee the proposed $4 billion project in western North Dakota. However, a decision on whether to build the plant is still at least two years away, The North Dakota Industrial Commission has committed up to $10 million in state aid from coal tax collections to help weigh the project's potential.
The plant would produce 460 million gallons of gasoline a year and generate electricity to power the plant and to sell to markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Company officials say it would create about 700 jobs in western North Dakota, with an average salary of about $70,000 a year.
Company officials envision there could end up being more than a dozen such plants in the United States, depending on how this proposed project proceeds. They would prefer not to be the first, but are willing to "break trail" for this technology if necessary.
Headwaters appears to be a major player. Their four operating companies discover and capitalize on opportunities for making more efficient use of our world’s natural resources – especially fossil fuels. Many opportunities can be found on the coal value chain.
Headwaters Energy Services is the largest provider of technology and chemical reagents to the coal-based synthetic fuels industry. The company is using its engineered fuels expertise to develop new opportunities in the burgeoning clean coal marketplace.
Headwaters Resources is America’s largest manager and marketer of coal combustion products, including fly ash. Utilization of these materials improves performance of building products while creating significant environmental benefits.
Headwaters Construction Materials is a market leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing architectural stone veneer under the Eldorado Stone brand and also holds regional market leadership positions in manufacturing and marketing concrete blocks and brick, mortar and stucco. HCM also developed innovative FlexCrete aerated concrete.
Headwaters Technology Innovations Group continues to develop and deploy a range of breakthrough technologies that improve natural resource utilization, including heavy oil upgrading, coal liquefaction and nanocatalyst applications.
Headwaters also built and operates the Fort Mandan Visitor Center in North Dakota. It showcases how fly ash, a byproduct of the coal combustion process, can be used in construction.
With America now importing 60% of the oil it uses, development and deployment of alternative energy sources is crucial to our nation's continuing prosperity. The continuing reluctance of the big three producers (ConocoPhillips, BP, and ExxonMobil) to commit to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline hinders our quest to restore greater energy autarky. This impinges upon America's national security and sovereignty. We also must commit to building nuclear plants in areas not geologically vulnerable to add to the network.
More information on the technical processes on converting coal to other forms of energy can be found on the Headwaters website. More information on North Dakota coal reserves and production HERE.