Accession Number:

ADA114658

Title:

Government Support for Synthetic Pipeline Gas Uncertain and Needs Attention.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ENERGY AND MINERALS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-05-14

Pagination or Media Count:

114.0

Abstract:

Some private groups are seeking Government support for U.S plants based on a first-generation process which has been used abroad for decades. Other groups have been considering a second-generation of advanced processes which have been proven in pilot plants and are now ready for commercial demonstration. Still others look to a third generation of even more advanced processes which are just beginning pilot plant testing. The Government has already spent millions of dollars. GAO saw a need for an independent assessment of the results of this investment to help ensure that future funds would be spent wisely. The Department of Energy DOE provided most of the RD support. Now, however, commercial-scale demonstrations including those for high Btu gasification will have to look to the newly created Synthetic Fuels Corporation for government financial assistance. GAO recommends that the Secretary of Energy do the following establish a plan to guide future support of high-Btu coal gasification energy research and development evaluate the importance of the high-Btu second-generation process as a method of using eastern coal, and the prospects for accelerating the processes as commercial scales and report to the Synthetic Fuels Corporations Board of Directors on the potential role of second-generation processes in the synthetic fuel program.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Non-electrical Energy Conversion
  • Fuels

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE