The developers of the Roundup Coal-to-Liquids project have announced plans to produce 22,000 barrels per day of liquid synfuels along with 300 megawatts of electricity. However, they do not appear to have access to sufficient, coal, water, or financing to make the project a reality. The mine that would supply the coal has been in and out of bankruptcy and permit revocation since it opened, and it is currently not operating.
In July 2007, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality ruled that BMD could not reuse its permit for the originally proposed Roundup plant, but rather must begin a new permitting process.  The company is currently in litigation with disappointed investors, and DKRW, a gasification company that had earlier entered into a preliminary partnership with Bull Mountain Development, now says it has "no official connection to the plant."
Sponsor: Bull Mountain Development
Location: Billings, MT
Capacity: 300 MW coal-to-liquids
Projected in service: TBD
- Northern Plains Resource Council, info [at] northernplains.org
- Montana Environmental Information Center, Anne Hedges, ahedges [at] meic.org
- "Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants: Coal's Resurgence in Electric Power Generation", National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 15. (Pdf)
- "Pipe Dream: Hopes for a coal-powered future darken by the day", Missoula Independent, September 20, 2007.
- "Clean Coal Still a Distant Vision", New West Missoula, December 7, 2007.
Related GEM.wiki articles
- Roundup Power Project
- Montana and coal
- United States and coal
- Carbon Capture and Storage
- Existing U.S. Coal Plants
- US proposed coal plants (both active and cancelled)
- Coal plants cancelled in 2007
- Coal plants cancelled in 2008
- State-by-state guide to information on coal in the United States (or click on the map)
- "Stopping the Coal Rush", Sierra Club, accessed December 2007. (This is a Sierra Club list of new coal plant proposals.)