Cessnock Demonstration/Production Plant, NSW
White Energy completed the construction and commissioning of the Cessnock Demonstration/Production Plant in 2009. The Plant which includes a smaller scale Pilot Plant is a very useful facility for White Energy whereby we can test the responsiveness of different coal and coal fine samples form around the world to the BCB Process and create a ‘centre of excellence’ for training purposes.
The Cessnock Demonstration/Production Plant allows White Energy to test and analyse coal samples from our potential partners as well as train and educate White Energy staff with respect to commissioning and operating our plants – all without disrupting our commercially operating facilities.
Coal Sample Testing Report and Analysis
- Evaluate different coal samples from around the world to ascertain the value of a potential reserve based on its responsiveness to the BCB Process
- Benchmark coal samples against performance criteria
- Assess ways to improve the current BCB Process and the ability to improve other coal grades
- The Cessnock Plant provides an operating facility that can be used to demonstrate the technology to interested investors and project partners
Centre of Excellence
- Our business model centrally controls the key processes and know-how associated with the BCB Process. The Cessnock facility is utilised to ensure that there is sufficient training and accreditation for relevant employees.
- Key engineering managers and project managers involved with the construction, commissioning and operating of the plant have worked on relevant processes at the Cessnock Plant prior to managing ‘live’ projects
- R&D centre to evaluate enhancements that can be tested and deployed to commercial plants
- R&D centre to identify new applications of the BCB technology that will be value creative to White Energy
Status - December 2012
During the half year, the White Energy technical team completed the bulk of the modification works at the Demonstration Plant, which included the installation of a new generation briquetting machine which is designed to double the capacity of the previous briquetting machine. The modifications are designed to allow the Demonstration Plant to simulate a coal fines upgrading plant, in addition to that of a sub-bituminous coal upgrading plant.