Discuss/review water use for coal gasification and liquefaction
The issue of this study is to examine how much water potential coal gasification and liquefaction plants in Montana could consume. In October Gov. Schweitzer announced Montana would be home to one of the first coal-to-liquid fuel facilities, a $1.3 billion project that would be built near Roundup.
DKRW Advanced Fuels, Arch Minerals and Bull Mountain Cos. would develop the plant, which would produce an estimated 22,000 barrels per day of coal to liquid synfuel. The plant could produce up to 300 megawatts of electricity using IGCC technology and would be outfitted with technology to capture carbon dioxide that would be stored underground.
The committee allocated .03 FTE to a study of water usage in the coal gasification and liquefaction process. The members will hear from industry experts on the issue of water usage. This study will be focused on water quantity issues as opposed to potential water sources in Montana.
Deliverables will include a summary of findings concerning water usage for proposed plants in Montana.