U.K. STARTS COAL LIQUIDS PILOT PROJECT

British Coal has started a 40 million ($25 million), 2.5 metric ton/day coal liquefaction pilot project at Point of Ayr in northern Wales to produce gasoline and diesel fuel. The 3 year project, which uses a liquid solvent extraction process, also is backed by the European Community, U.K. Department of Energy, Amoco Corp., and Ruhrkohle AG, Germany's largest hard coal producer. The pilot plant is designed as an integrated unit capable of continuous operation.

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