2 September 2011 â€“ White Energy Company Limited (ASX:WEC; OTCQX:WECFY) (White Energy) – As previously advised to the market, White Energy, through its 51% owned Indonesian subsidiary company PT Kaltim Supacoal (â€œKSCâ€), is in the process of completing a number of engineering modifications to its binderless coal briquette plant at Tabang, Indonesia.
With the recent successful upgrade to the coal drying column at the Tabang plant now operational and enabling the pre-briquetting moisture content of the coal to be reduced from approximately 35% to the targeted 6%-7%, materials and equipment are currently being prepared for the next plant shutdown.
Unusually low levels of water in the Belayan River, a major tributary of the Mahakam River which is the main access route to the Tabang site, have delayed the barging of construction equipment and fabricated items of equipment to site. In addition, the local contractor fabricating the pipework for the dust collection system is behind schedule.
The planned September 2011 plant shutdown will proceed and substantial work will be completed once water levels in the river allow the barges to reach the Tabang site. A further shutdown will be required in November 2011 to finalise the dust collection pipework at the briquette machines and to complete the tie in for the new conveyor and cooling tower.
The modifications to the drying column have been successful and management is confident the new dust collection system, once completed in November, will enable the briquette machines and plant to operate at design production capacity.