Peabody Chooses Site For Planned Coal-To-Gas Plant

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (AP) - Peabody Energy has chosen a site in
western Kentucky near Central City for a proposed
multibillion-dollar coal-to-gas plant.

Peabody of St. Louis and ConocoPhillips, a Houston-based
company, announced Tuesday that they have chosen a site in Kentucky
and have started the permit process. The companies are in a joint
venture, with ConocoPhillips providing the coal gasification

The companies said Tuesday they have filed an air permit with
the state. Peabody spokeswoman Beth Sutton said Tuesday that the
filing is the beginning of a one- to two-year permitting process.

Sutton said the cost of the plant, pitched last year as a $3
billion facility, has yet to be determined.

Peabody chose Kentucky in October 2007 after considering several
sites here and in Illinois and Indiana.

"The site that we have selected is particularly attractive
based on existing infrastructure," Sutton said. She said the site
has access to coal reserves, water and rail transport.

The facility in Muhlenberg County would be called Kentucky

The gasification process turns coal into clean-burning natural
gas. The plant would have less than five percent of the emissions
of a traditional coal plant of the same size, the companies said in
a statement.

Company officials said the plant would create 500 jobs and
produce enough energy for nearly 750,000 homes. It would take four
years to build.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Thomas Location: Lexington on Dec 17, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    I think I hear John Prine singing "Paradise" in the background.
  • by Jim Location: Whitesburg on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    I also heard they are in the planning stages of changing the city's name from Central City to Pollution City.
  • by LEFT OUT AGAIN Location: PIKE COUNTY on Dec 17, 2008 at 04:29 AM


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 36278709 -
Gray Television, Inc.