Bowie appears to be proposing to construct what amounts to an oil refinery and possibly a new power plant. Bowie’s proposal is to construct a coal gasification facility on its Bowie No. 2 coal mine site. As stated in the company’s application, the facility, known as a “DAXIOM Plant,” “will be used to convert coal mine waste to synthetic gas which is then used either to generate electrical power or diesel/fuel oil.” The project proposal envisions five coal gasification units operating 24 hours a day, and each capable of processing of 72 tons per day of coal mine waste. The plant would be built where the Bowie #2 Mine’s clean coal stockpile resides, after that stockpile is depleted.
This facility is unprecedented in scale and there is little information on the proposed technology and the Bahamian company behind the technology.
Bowie representatives have not been reachable for comment. Why?
Such a facility would represent a dramatic change within Bowie’s permit boundary, potentially turning a coal mining operation into a hydrocarbon refinery facility. A refinery is a very intensive, complicated, risky endeavor and at the end of the day it’s a very dirty operation. This is NOT a Technical Revision.