JCF Demo Plant Inauguration
The construction of a a demonstration plant for the production of a liquid-type new fuel called JGC Coal Fuel (JCF®) has been completed. An inauguration ceremony was held, attended by Indonesian and Japanese government officials as well as JGC's business partners, at the plant site in Karawang, West Jawa, about 50 km east of Jakarta on May 24th 2012. Now in operation, the plant has a capacity of approximately ten thousand tons/year.
In order to contribute to the Indonesia's utilization of low-rank coal, JGC planned a project to establish a demonstration plant for the production of JCF® in Karawang, West Java. Construction of the plant began in September 2010 and completed in November 2011, followed by test runs.
JCF® is produced using JGC's proprietary low-rank coal slurrification technology (upgrading low-rank coal and increasing its calorific value by hot water treatment, and processing upgraded coal into a liquid type fuel*). JCF® offers ease of transport and storage, as well as the same combustibility as marine fuel oil (MFO). Moreover, JGC aims to offer JCF at market prices 30%-50% lower than those of MFO.
The demonstration run will be operated through March 2014. During that time, the company plans to offer the experience gained from the production of JCF® from various kinds of low rank coal available in the country and combustion of JCF® to as many interested customers as possible, and will supply sample products on request. In parallel, JGC has been stepping up its efforts to obtain mining rights for low-grade coal by 2015, in addition to producing JCF®, and will open power generation businesses using JCF®
The project was selected to receive funding support under the "International Cooperation Project for Verification and Demonstration of Clean Coal Technology", sponsored since 2010 by Incorporated Administrative Agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).