Coalview fires up waste coal recovery facility at Centralia plant

Coalview Ltd. LLC said Dec. 19 that it is successfully commissioning its Coalview Centralia fine coal recovery plant, located at TransAlta‘s Centralia coal-fired power plant in Washington state.

Full commissioning is on schedule, and the plant has experienced regular slurry and coal processing since the first week of December.

“We are pleased with the progress our team has made at Centralia,” sid Roger Fish, CEO of Coalview. “As we continue to scale up and fine tune the plant, we expect to demonstrate the plant will meet its production estimates as forecasted.”

The Coalview Centralia plant is a $42m investment for the company to provide the cleaning and evacuation of more than 18 million tons of slurry material, stored in the impoundment structures at the long-shut Centralia Coal Mine. Upon completion of slurry processing, a large scale environmental program will commence allowing the post-mining land use to include upland forestry, lowland forest (wetland, riparian, fish and wildlife habitat), pastureland, and industrial land.

The Centralia coal processing plant produces fine coal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and currently employs 23 people.

The Centralia mine was shut several years ago in favor of the adjacent power plant being switched entirely to Powder River Basin coal out of Wyoming and Montana.

Coalview specializes in the application of technologies that allow for the removal and processing of waste materials, and said it is the only company with a sample extraction technique, an in-house laboratory, plant design, and operating techniques to handle entire projects from start to finish.

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