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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is pleased that the coal-to-liquids project in Medicine Bow is moving another step forward. DKRW Advanced Fuels announced today that Medicine Bow Fuel & Power has entered into a contract to begin building the coal liquification plant.

The plant will convert Wyoming coal into an estimated 11,600 barrels-per-day of low-sulfur gasoline while capturing 92 percent of the generated CO2 once completed.

“Wyoming’s abundant energy resources should be used to benefit both the state and the nation,” said Enzi. “This project not only creates a bigger market for Wyoming coal, it helps America better develop its most abundant energy source: coal. Expanding our domestic energy production makes us more independent from foreign countries and proves that American ingenuity can and will lead to new and cleaner ways of powering our nation. By expanding our domestic energy production, we become less reliant on foreign countries and create a bigger market for Wyoming coal. If used via the right technology, coal can not only provide us with abundant American energy, but it can also help us do it in ways that benefit our environment more.”

DKRW estimates that the plant in Medicine Bow could provide up to 2,300 construction jobs and 400 full-time jobs in Wyoming upon commercial operation.