Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic Synthetic Fuels intends to build a state-of-on the-art facility on industrial property in Point Pleasant in Mason County. The plant will turn coal and natural gas into high quality ultra-low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, gasoline and other value added products such as refrigerant grade ammonia, sulfur, and solid residue. The facility will bring proven technology from around the world to West Virginia, where it will be the first plant of its kind in the United States.

Similar processes have been known for 100 years, but the latest technology makes the process safer and more efficient than ever.

The process brings West Virginia's coal and natural gas resources together to create a product that allows for more energy independence. 

The Mason County facility will produce high-quality ultra-low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, gasoline, refrigerant grade ammonia, sulfur, and solid residue. Domestic Synthetic Fuels will create these valuable products that can be sold regionally and around the country. 
Test facilities and small-scale production facilities that provide proof of concept have been built and successfully operated in the United States using the same technology to be deployed in the Mason County facility, and the designers of the facility designed a similar coal to liquids facility in China that has been in operation since 2008.
Most coal to liquids facilities built previously have utilized an indirect method of producing fuel, which first requires burning coal to create gasses that are further processed into liquids. The Mason County plant will use a direct coal to liquids process that combines coal and hydrogen from natural gas with a catalyst under heat and pressure is more efficient and creates less carbon dioxide and other pollutants than indirect methods.
We are a West Virginia company dedicated to helping our home state and intend to hire as many local workers as possible.
The facility itself will employ 130 well-paid, skilled workers. Another 130 workers will be hired to mine the coal needed to run the facility. Thousands more jobs will be created for the construction of the facility.
Historically, coal to liquids plants have been more attractive when oil prices are relatively high, and less financially viable when oil prices are low. Production facilities in the past also have been hampered by high capital and construction costs. Those behind the Mason County facility believe the scale of the project, the efficiency of the process, the need for energy independence and the projected future of oil prices make the plant financially viable. 
There should be little or no objectionable odors coming from the facility. 
The plant will be built on a site already zoned for industry and should not adversely affect nearby property owners.
The plant will take a relatively small part of a much larger piece of property and will largely be screened from view by trees and other vegetation. 
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