Chinamining.org. Southwestern China’s Guizhou province has proposed a 75-billion yuan ($11.3-billion), 5 million tonnes-per-year (approx. 36 million barrels, depending upon output product) coal-to-oil project using domestically developed indirect coal liquefaction technology approved by the National Energy Administration earlier this year.
The NEA has agreed to include the project in China’s energy development plan for the five years ending 2015, the Guizhou Development and Reform Commission said in a report on its website.
The indirect coal-to-oil technology, developed by the Institute of Coal Chemistry under Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been applied in three pilot projects and one of them, a 160,000 tonnes-per-year plant Yitai in Inner Mongolia, passed NEA’s examination in July, the report said.
State-owned Shenhua Group Corp—the country’s largest coal miner and parent of China Shenhua Energy Co Ltd.—has begun trial operation of a 1.08 million tpy coal-to-oil plant which is based on a direct coal-to-liquids technology. Shenhua’s proposed joint venture with Sasol in the Ningxia region, which would apply Sasol’s indirect coal-to-liquids technology, has yet to be approved by Chinese government.