Shell Oil Co. has shut down its SCGP-1 coal gasification demonstration plant near Houston after meeting all its objectives. The program at the plant was jointly conducted by Shell Oil and Shell International Research, both Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies. The Electric Power Research Institute supported the project. "We set out to demonstrate the versatility, reliability, efficiency, and environmental cleanliness of the Shell process, and our 4 year program exceeded all expectations," said James L. McCormick, manager of Shell Oil synfuels business development. In 1989, after 2 years of SCGP-1 operation, the technologic...

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