U.S. DOE, OTHERS AGREE TO SETTLE SYNGAS DISPUTE

The U.S. Department of Energy, four pipelines, and a synthetic gas producer have resolved a dispute over the lines' obligations to buy gas from the Great Plains coal gasification plant. DOE supported construction and initial operation of the commercial scale demonstration plant near Beulah, N.D., with a $1.5 billion loan guarantee and assumed operation when the plant owner defaulted in 1985 after gas prices dropped. DOE sold the plant to Dakota Gasification Co. (DGC) in 1988 for $85 million

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