Alliance to bring together GTL Energy’s Revolutionary Technology for Beneficiating Low Rank Coal and Roberts and Schaefer’s 100 year history in coal beneficiation.

GTL Energy Ltd, an Australian based technology company, and Roberts & Schaefer , a US  based engineering and construction company with offices in Chicago, Salt Lake City, Australia, Indonesia, Poland, India, South Africa and Chile, have announced a business alliance to take advantage of market opportunities worldwide for a revolutionary, cost-effective, energy-efficient way to dry, beneficiate and transport low rank coal.


The technology, developed by GTL Energy, removes moisture from low rank coals and biomass, and converts the product into briquettes which feature a higher energy content, reduced emissions, improved handling and transportation characteristics and increased market value.

David Carter, Roberts & Schaefer’s President of Global Resources, said, “This is ground-breaking technology that will change the way low ranked coal is processed and handled. As a company that made its reputation in coal and bulk materials handling, we look forward to putting our skills and experience to work on this exciting alliance.”

“We are eager to promote this technology to potential customers world-wide, and we couldn't have a better partner to deliver it than Roberts & Schaefer” said Robert French, CEO at GTLE.

Roberts & Schaefer has more than 100 years of experience, specializing in coal handling and coal processing around the world. R&S will draw on its expertise in bulk materials handling, and on its extensive relationships in the coal industry, to help implement the use of the new technology on a global scale.

GTL Energy was formed in 2000 to investigate coal-to-gas, and gas-to-liquids technology for a specific project in Australia using low-rank coal. GTL Energy soon realized that successful implementation of these technologies would require coal beneficiation. Since 2004, GTL Energy has been solely focused on researching and developing a technology to convert low-grade coal into higher-rank fuel.