PINGDINGSHAN, China, Sept. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOK), a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor, today said it has signed an exclusive agreement with both the Institute of Process Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the North China Institute of Science and Technology to refine and implement a technology that will be used, beginning next month, to convert the 21 million tons of coal at four SinoCoking underground mines into syngas, a clean burning fuel.
The technology will accomplish this conversion without releasing meaningful levels of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases above ground, said SinoCoking.
Located in Henan Province, these mines have been shut down for three years due to Chinese government-mandated mine consolidation guidelines. Now, however, these properties can be reactivated and their resources utilized in an environmentally friendly manner, said the company.
The first phase of the project, which will cost approximately $18 million and be funded primarily from SinoCoking's cash reserves, is expected to be completed in February 2015 and yield a combined syngas output of 60,000 cubic meters per hour. This output will produce incremental gross profit in 2015 of from $30 to $45 million, said SinoCoking.
Subsequent phases of the project, expected to be completed by the end of 2016, will cost about $280 million and will be funded primarily from bank loans and company-issued debt. At completion, the project is expected to have an output capacity, subject to market demand, of 880,000 cubic meters of syngas per hour.
Customers for this syngas will be comprised primarily of local power, chemical and transportation companies as well as households requiring electricity in Henan Province, said SinoCoking.
"We are thrilled and honored to be working with the Institute of Process Engineering and North China Institute of Science and Technology on this vital project," said SinoCoking Chairman and CEO Mr. Jianhua Lv. "The production of this vast new quantity of syngas – a clean burning fuel – while preventing the escape of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, is, we believe, a major technological accomplishment.
"Combined with the opening, next month, of our above ground syngas facility in Pingdingshan, this new project further establishes our company as one of China's leading producers of clean energy products."
Mr. Lv said that SinoCoking would announce additional details on the construction and financing of the underground facility "in the near future."
SinoCoking and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (www.scokchina.com), a Florida corporation, is a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor that uses coal from both its own mines and that of third-party mines to produce basic and value-added coal products for steel manufacturers, power generators, and various industrial users. SinoCoking has been producing metallurgical coke since 2002, and acts as a key supplier to regional steel producers in central China. SinoCoking also produces and supplies thermal coal to its customers in central China. SinoCoking currently owns its assets and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, Top Favour Limited and PingdingshanHongyuan Energy Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., and its affiliated companies, Henan Province PingdingshanHongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd., Baofeng Coking Factory, BaofengHongchang Coal Co., Ltd., BaofengHongguang Environment Protection Electricity Generating Co., Ltd., Zhonghong Energy Investment Company, Henan Hongyuan Coal Seam Gas Engineering Technology Co., Ltd., BaofengShuangri Coal Mining Co., Ltd., and BaofengXingsheng Coal Mining Co., Ltd.
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