GTL Energy Ltd has developed a unique proprietary technology to remove moisture from low rank coals and biomass and in doing so, raise the energy content, reduce emissions, improve the transportation and handling characteristics and increase the market value of these abundant fuels. The process is economically attractive with no environmental impact and does not affect the raw coal characteristics except for the reduction of moisture.
This technology is now being applied at scale in a commercial application. In addition to a pilot scale testing facility in Colorado and a commercial scale test platform available in North Dakota, GTL Energy has commisioned its full-scale production facility on behalf of Solid Energy New Zealand.
GTL Energy is moving forward with plans to build a 1 million tpy facility in Indonesia and is actively seeking additional license opportunities with third party developers.
GTL Energy and Solid Energy are continuing with operations at the Mataura coal briquette plant and plan to run it for an extended period to enable GTL Energy to demonstrate the production capabilities of the plant and its technology and for product combustion and handling testing in the domestic and international market. The plant, which uses GTL Energy’s coal upgrading technology, achieved sustained production runs through to April 2013. Following a period of product and production assessment, the plant was commissioned in May 2013. Since that time, the companies have been considering the commercial arrangements for its ongoing operations.
An article in Mining NZ Magazine covers commissioning of commercial plant in New Zealand.
"Utilising GTL Energy coal-upgrading technology, the low grade coal is turned into a higher rank fuel by removing moisture from the coal and transforming it into the briquettes, which have an increased energy content, reduced emissions, improved handling and transportation characteristics and increased market value."