New Coal Processing Facility Planned in West Virginia

Frontieras North America will open its first Solid Carbon Fractionation (SCF) plant in Mason County, West Virginia.

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Frontier Applied Sciences subsidiary Frontieras North America revealed plans this week to build a new processing plant in Mason County, West Virginia that will manufacturer a “cleaner version” of coal using a proprietary technology.

The facility will use the firm’s patented Solid Carbon Fractionation (SCF) technology to extract volatiles, moisture, and contaminates from coal, waste plastics and hydrogen production. About 2.7 million tn/yr of coal will be processed at the location to produce a type of coal called FASCarbon for the steel industry, as well as FASForm liquid and gas products.

“Frontieras’ selection of its West Virginia site allows us to receive and ship products across the globe. Our interactions with state officials to the local business community have provided insight into the positive relationship that we expect as we break ground, bring the FASForm plant online, and employ citizens of West Virginia,” Matthew McKean, CEO and co-founder of Frontieras, said in a release. “The entire Frontieras team is looking forward to engaging with and becoming an active participant within the community.”

West Virginia was selected over sites in Texas and Wyoming. The company selected the location due to its access to freight rail, the Ohio River, and roadways. Steel maker Nucor recently announced plans to build a new steel mill in Mason County, complementing Frontieras’ business.

“Our goal is for West Virginia to be the energy powerhouse of the world and we just keep growing in this vital industry that is both important to our economy, and critical to ensuring the security of America,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement.

About 500 jobs will be created when the facility is commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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