Ambre Energy plant
Australia-based Ambre Energy proposed a $375 million coal plant in southeastern Montana that would produce an estimated 4.4 million tons of high-efficiency coal per year, eventually increasing to as much as 17 million tons per year, by stripping the coal of moisture in 1,000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Developers say the process would make it competitive in terms of heat value with more expensive Appalachian coal. The proposed plant would also produce 1.6 million barrels of synthetic crude oil each year.
Governor Schweitzer said the project could make Montana more competitive with Wyoming's coal production, which is the highest in the nation with more than 400 million tons mined annually. "We can take coal worth $10 a ton and make it worth $200 a ton," he said.
Construction on the project would begin in 2010, with completion scheduled for the second quarter of 2011. To move forward, the project will need a federal loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to back 80 percent of the projected costs with taxpayer money.
In 2010, the Sierra Club concluded that the project was not moving forward. According to news reports in January 2011, Ambre Energy was pursuing plans to create a coal export terminal south of Seattle.
Sponsor: Ambre Energy
Location: Southeastern MT
Type: Coal beneficiation and coal-to-liquids
Projected in service: 2011
- "$375 million coal plant proposed for SE Montana," Associated Press, February 4, 2009.
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed February 2011
- Matt Chambers, "Ambre seeks funds for US coal push," The Australian, January 27, 2011
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- State-by-state guide to information on coal in the United States (or click on the map)
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)