The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has approved an air permit for Riverview Energy to build a $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant in Dale.
The company plans to build the first U.S. direct coal-hydrogenation project in Dale. Riverview plans to bring the plant to more than 500 acres of land annexed into the town in 2017.
“This is an integral step in the process of bringing the direct coal-hydrogenation plant to Dale,” said Gregory Merle, president of Riverview Energy. “It is also a significant milestone for the U.S., because the plant will be the first greenfield refinery permitted in almost 50 years. This sends a clear message: The United States is back in the energy business.”
The Riverview Energy plant will be the first of its kind in the United States, using a process that does not burn or gasify coal to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel. Via the direct coal-hydrogenation process, coal particles are hydrogenated in a closed system at high pressure and temperature. The plant will have a significantly lower carbon foot-print than other technologies, and nothing will go to waste. All the plant’s products will be marketable.
Merle says the Dale plant is just the starting point for Riverview Energy’s operations. The company plans to build more plants in the future, and make the coal-hydrogenation process a valuable part of the U.S. energy independence mix.