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EarthTimes.Org: Baard Energy Acquires Technology License From Shell for Ohio Coal-to-Liquids Project

Posted : Tue, 25 Sep 2007 19:01:01 GMT
Author : Baard Energy, L.L.C. 

VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 25  /PRNewswire/ — Baard Energy, L.L.C., an energy project development company headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, has acquired a technology license from Shell U.S. Clean Coal Energy Inc. to use the Shell Coal Gasification Process in the gasification portion of its proposed $5 billion coal-to-liquid fuel (CTL) project located in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The project will produce over 50,000 barrels per day of jet and diesel fuel, and other liquid products from coal and biomass feedstock.

As a licensor, Shell will provide technical information and services for installation of the Shell Coal Gasification Process technology at Baard Energy’s Ohio River Clean Fuels (ORCF) project.  The Shell Coal Gasification Process has been used in commercial operation to effectively convert a wide range of coals and solid carboniferous material, including biomass, into synthesis gas, which will be used in the CTL process.

“We are extremely pleased with our early decision to acquire this technology and to work with Shell,” said John Baardson, CEO of Baard Energy. “Our company is focused on the production of alternative transportation fuels which are environmentally superior to the fuels produced from imported crude oil.  We will use feedstocks of biomass and coal located right here in the United States.  Even more important, the Ohio River Clean Fuels plant will produce these clean-burning fuels with a lower life-cycle greenhouse gas emission profile than petroleum-based fuels, including blends of ethanol and gasoline.”

ORCF in cooperation with the Columbiana County Port Authority will construct the CTL plant on approximately 650 acres of land adjacent to the Port Authority’s Wellsville Intermodal Facility (Ohio River Mile Post 49). The site sits on Ohio State Route 7 approximately 40 miles north and south respectively, of Interstates 70 and 76/80.

The ORCF project FEED (Front-end Engineering and Design) is scheduled to commence during the 4th Quarter 2007.

About Baard Energy, L.L.C.:

Baard Energy is a privately held limited liability company in the business of developing energy projects in North America.  Baard Energy has over twenty years experience in the alternative energy and fuels. Over the past 20 years, Baard and its affiliates have developed a variety of energy projects including large natural gas powered electric generating facilities and ethanol production plants used for transportation fuels. Since 1998, and in response to an increased demand for alternative fuel sources, Baard has been working on the engineering and design of coal to liquid (CTL) technologies and involved in the commercial application of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC).

About Shell:
Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 112,000 people and operating in more than 130 countries and territories.
Baard Energy, L.L.C.
 
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