North Dakota facilitates CTL potential

TEXAS-based North American Coal has been given additional time by the North Dakota Industrial Commission to look at the intricacies of its planned $US4 billion coal-to-liquid fuel plant, the project’s sixth extension of state aid.

Donna Schmidt

An Associated Press report indicated that according to NAC, the commission provided the group with the newest time push-out because it was still seeking a clear US energy policy as well as favourable coal legislation to support the facility’s mission.

NAC, which joined with Utah-based Headwaters in 2007 to form American Lignite Energy as an entity to oversee construction and operation, has reportedly spent more than $1.38 million so far in state aid to examine the project’s details.

About $35,000 of that was spent in 2013.

The state’s Industrial Commission first committed up to $10 million in 2007 to study the potential of the project near Bismarck, which was earmarked from coal tax collections.