July 16, 2008
Synthesis Energy Systems and The North American Coal Corporation Enter Into Joint Development Agreement to Evaluate Gas-To-Liquids Project Near Red Hills Mine in Mississippi
HOUSTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. ("SES") and The North American Coal Corporation ("NAC"), a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. , have entered into a joint development agreement through which the two companies will conduct a pre-feasibility study to explore the development of a coal-based gasification facility utilizing SES's proprietary U-GAS(R) technology. The location for the study is NAC's Red Hills Mine Operations near Ackerman, Mississippi. If constructed, it is expected that the facility will produce synthetic gasoline, chemical feedstocks and/or synthetic natural gas. Following the completion of the pre-feasibility study, the companies will determine if they will engage in a front-end engineering design study to further develop the opportunity. This joint development agreement will be in addition to SES's on-going development work with Consol Energy in the U.S., and Hai Hua, Golden Concord and YIMA in China.
"We are pleased to be working with NAC on the potential development of our second coal gasification project in the United States," said Tim Vail, President and CEO of SES. "By utilizing lignite coal as the raw material in the gasification process, we believe that SES will demonstrate the versatility of its U-GAS(R) technology, a key operational advantage," Vail added.
Lignite is a high ash and high moisture feedstock that is abundant throughout the southern states, in addition to other areas in the United States, and is well suited for conversion in SES's U-GAS(R) technology. U-GAS(R) is advantaged over other commercially available gasification technology in that it can efficiently convert low-rank lignite coals into high value commodity products such as synthetic gasoline and synthetic natural gas.
About The North American Coal Corporation
With 2.3 billion tons of lignite coal reserves, NAC is the nation's largest miner of lignite coal, and the eighth largest coal producer nationwide as of December 31, 2007, delivering 33.7 million tons of lignite coal in 2007. NAC operates six surface lignite coal mines and markets lignite coal primarily as fuel for power generation and provides selected value-added mining services for other natural resources companies in the United States. The company also provides dragline mining services operating under the "North American Mining Company" for independently owned limerock quarries in Florida.
About Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.
SES is an energy and technology company that builds, owns and operates coal gasification plants that utilize its proprietary U-GAS(R) fluidized bed gasification technology to convert low rank coal and coal wastes into higher value energy products, such as transportation fuels, industrial chemicals, ammonia and synthetic natural gas. The U-GAS(R) technology, which SES licenses from the Gas Technology Institute gasifies coal in an environmentally friendly manner. The primary advantages of U-GAS(R) relative to other gasification technologies are (a) greater fuel flexibility provided by our ability to use all ranks of coal (including low rank, high ash and high moisture coals, which are significantly cheaper than higher grade coals), many coal waste products and biomass feed stocks; and (b) our ability to operate efficiently on a smaller scale, which enables us to construct plants more quickly, at a lower capital cost, and, in many cases, in closer proximity to coal sources. SES currently has offices in Houston, Texas and Shanghai, China. For more information on SES, visit http://www.synthesisenergy.com/ or call (713) 579-0600.
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Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.
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