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September-October, 2004 - VOLUME 3, NUMBER 5

Long Negotiations Prove Fruitful

Photo of the Ghent Power Station

Ghent Power Plant in Ghent, Kentucky.

After 18 months of negotiations, the long-awaited project award for the "Advanced Multi-Product Coal Utilization By-Product Processing Plant," or Ghent project, was approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE) at the end of September.

The $9 million project will involve the creation of a demonstration-scale facility at the Ghent power station of LG&E with Cemex as a major partner. The project is scheduled for completion by October 2007.

This is a four-entity partnership, without any of whom, would have meant a quick end to the proposed work. The US Department of Energy's $4.4M funding is an essential investment by the federal government. Likewise, Cemex's $3.6M contribution helped prove to the governmental funding agency that industry is serious about this technology. LG & E is supplying a place and the materials to make this happen. In return, a market is developed for some of their ash, with little risk to the company. And finally, this serves as proof that the CAER's scientists are a pragmatic group, whose focus is on aiding industry in a practical, environmental, and financial way.

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