It could be another three years before construction begins on a coal-to-liquid fuel facility in Medicine Bow -- if it begins at all.
DKRW has struggled with financing for the $2 billion project since it was first permitted in 2008.
On Wednesday, the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council granted DKRW a 30-month extension on its construction permits. That’s the third time the company has been granted an extension, but this one comes with a special caveat. If the company doesn’t start building the conversion facility by the end of that period, it’s agreed to give up its permit.
DKRW Advanced Fuels, the company that’s proposing to build a coal-to-liquids conversion facility near Medicine Bow, has submitted yet another request to delay construction. The company announced its latest construction schedule in June. It's now asking to place that schedule on hold for up to 30 months. At the end of that period it would either provide all necessary information – including a new construction schedule, socioeconomic analysis, and updated housing plan – or lose its permit.
DKRW Advanced Fuels has submitted updated materials to the state Industrial Siting Division regarding a proposed a coal-to-liquids conversion facility near Medicine Bow. Construction was slated to start this year, but in March the company pulled its construction schedule and socioeconomic impact report from its file with the Industrial Siting Division and the Division gave them until June 19th to submit updated materials.
The head of a Texas company that plans to build a plant to convert coal to gasoline in Carbon County says discussions are still ongoing with Idaho National Laboratory about reviewing the project.
Robert Kelly is chairman of DKRW Advanced Fuels. He says Monday that he expects the laboratory review will take about 30 days once an agreement is reached.
DKRW last year asked Wyoming to purchase up to $300 million in industrial development bonds to help finance the $2 billion project. The state Legislature would have to authorize any investment above $100 million.
Much of Wyoming is seeing the outbreak of forest fires this month, and officials at the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest are on alert. Vern Bentley is the fire management officer for the forest. He says they are preparing for a major fire for a couple of reasons. One is that moisture this year has caused grass and other plants known to be fuels are growing more than normal. The other issue is the large number of pine needles on the ground due to Bark Beetle killed trees.