The North Dakota Department of Health (Air Quality Division) today issued the Air Permit (Permit-to-Construct) to GTL Energy for its coal beneficiation plant near South Heart, North Dakota. GTL Energy now has all of the permits required to complete construction and move into commissioning and operations in the third quarter of 2009.

The air permit was issued following a public information meeting and public hearing held on 28 April 2009 and a public comment period that ended on 8 May 2009, with only two additional conditions. The first requires GTL Energy to limit traffic speed and control dust from on-site roads and the second requires GTL Energy to submit coal analyses to the Health Department prior to processing.

The Health Department conducted a thorough analysis of the air emissions from the GTL Energy plant and deemed the plant to be a minor source which is “installing the best controls available”.

“We are very pleased with the professionalism of the North Dakota Health Department throughout this process, and we appreciated the opportunity provided to us to present the public with the facts on our very low emission technology.” says Robert French, CEO of GTL Energy. “This technology is an environmentally responsible way to use low-rank coal, and we believe will bring significant benefit to the state of North Dakota, and the US, as well as the rest of the world.”

GTL Energy’s coal beneficiation process for upgrading coal, such as North Dakota’s lignite, removes moisture prior to combustion. This improves the efficiency of the coal ensuring a reduction in emissions including CO2. “The GTL Energy technology is available now and is crucial in the development of clean coal energy options.” Mr French said.

For more information, contact:
Robert French
GTL Energy (USA) Limited

About GTL Energy Ltd (GTL Energy)

GTL Energy (USA) Limited and GTLE Dakota Plant 1 LLC are wholly owned subsidiaries of GTL Energy Ltd, an unlisted company headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia. GTL Energy operates principally out of Colorado where it maintains its research and development facilities and programs specifically designed to upgrade low rank coal and lignite from a number of countries. The GTLE process is a robust, economic pre-combustion technology for production of customized high grade fuels for cleaner, more efficient power generation and gasification.
Construction of GTL Energy’s first commercial scale facility, located in North Dakota, will be completed in September 2009. This plant will provide demonstration of concept at scale, provide a facility for coal producers and consumers to test their coal and enable the roll-out of the technology across the globe. A significant step towards cleaner coal.