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Linc GTL plant handover

Posted: 18 August 2008

Linc Energy Ltd reported that as of late last week, the official handover occurred from the Construction & Engineering team to the Gas to Liquids (GTL)/Fischer Tropsch (FT) reactor team.

This handover means that all the relevant items have been completed and tested. The GTL/FT reactor crew has now taken over start-up and operations of the GTL demonstration plant with a view to initialising the FT reactors within 14 – 21 days.

"This is a wonderful achievement," said Mr Peter Bond, CEO of Linc Energy.

"It is really now down to the team completing start-up – particularly on the FT reactors which will then see liquids production. The GTL demonstration plant that we have constructed here on site at Chinchilla is absolutely world-class."

In addition to the GTL demonstration facility milestone, Linc Energy has also recently completed and opened its Gas Catalyst Laboratory located on site at Chinchilla.

The Laboratory is capable of on-site UCG gas analysis, including, as one of the Laboratory’s main benefits, its ability to sample live UCG synthetic gas (syngas) from the GTL demonstration plant and feed that gas into CSTR (continuous stirred-tank reactor) and PFR (plug flow reactor) reactors to test the gas on different types of catalysts.

The Laboratory also has the capability to produce its own facsimile gases and to simultaneously test these against a range of different catalysts.

"When I first came up with the business plan of UCG gas to GTL (liquids), and I wanted to test that theory, there was nowhere in Australia I could do that," Mr Bond said.

"The facilities just simply did not exist in this country, so Linc Energy had to initially complete all of its test work overseas in the United States and South Africa. The construction of Linc Energy’s own world-class Catalyst Laboratory will take Linc Energy to a whole new level of professionalism and knowledge, and in doing so, it will help take Australia a step closer to the goal of energy independence."

Linc Energy is an innovative, forward thinking energy company and Australia’s leader in clean coal technology. The company’s vision is to become a dominant player in the supply of more environmentally friendly power, diesel and jet fuel.

Linc Energy aims to achieve this vision by bringing together, for the first time anywhere in the world, two proven production processes known as Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) clean coal technology and Gas to Liquids (GTL).

These processes will economically convert vast “stranded” coal deposits into ultra clean liquid fuels.

Linc Energy will also use the Syngas produced from UCG clean coal technology as feedstock for gas turbines to generate much needed environmentally friendly electricity.

The company has a unique leading edge capacity to provide a viable, more sustainable and smart alternative source of liquid fuels and power generation well into the foreseeable future.

Linc Energy represents a new future for liquid fuels production and power generation.




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