Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming and General Electric Co. have reached an agreement on how to develop a coal research plant.
The plant will allow research into coal gasification and "clean
coal" technologies. It will use coal from Wyoming's vast reserves.
Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producer.
The Wyoming Legislature this spring put up $20 million for the
project, which officials have said could ultimately cost $100
Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says he intends to seek another
$30 million in the legislative session that begins in January.
The location of the plant hasn't been determined. The agreement
announced Thursday outlines how the state and the company will
handle design, construction and operation of the facility.