Swan Hills ISCG-Power Project

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Image Credit: Swan Hills

Ranking for 2012: 21

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Coal

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $1,500,000,000

Provincial: $285 million

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Private

Location: Swan Hills, Alberta

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion:


This project taps into deep coal beds that are not considered practical to mine traditionally. Instead, the coal is turned directly into a synthetic gas while remaining in the coal seam underground. The gas is then pumped to the surface, purified and used to power a combined cycle turbine. Swan Hills Synfuels says it won’t use freshwater, rather it will accomplish this using saline, as well as providing an opportunity to remove the carbon dioxide and supply it to nearby oil extraction projects. The facility is expected to come online in 2015.

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