16.6 RESEARCH

16.6 RESEARCH

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RESEARCH


Ignite ALDP (IALDP)
Adding value to Victoria’s vast lignite resources
What is the Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program (ALDP)?
The ALDP is an initiative being jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments to accelerate the development and deployment of emerging lignite upgrading technologies in the Latrobe Valley. This program plans to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from lignite, improve the economically recoverable return from lignite and provide employment opportunities in the Latrobe Valley and broader region.

About Ignite ALDP
Ignite ALDP (IALDP), a subsidiary of Ignite Energy Resources (IER), was selected as one of only three successful companies globally to win the highly competitive ALDP in Victoria. IALDP will receive A$20 million funding via the ALDP grant program, and a A$30 million investment from key strategic partner PT. Bukit Energy Investama. The A$84 million project will see IALDP engineer, construct, commission and operate a 142,000 tonne p.a Commercial Demonstration Module (CDM) in the Latrobe Valley. This plant is a scale up of the third generation large pilot plant currently operating at IER’s Somersby, NSW facility. Based on a successful ALDP project, IALDP aim to roll out commercial scale plants in the Latrobe Valley and globally.

Cat-HTR Technology
The Ignite CDM is a commercial scale module of the patented Catalytic-Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) and can do the following.
  • Rapidly and economically upgrade lignite into:

Synthetic crude oil (Syncrude) – that can be further refined to petrol, diesel and chemicals.

Micronised refined carbon (MRC) – that can be used for advanced power generation, with lower carbon emissions than the current lignite generated electricity and can also be used for blast furnace feed in steel production.
  • Is a net producer of water when in operation.
  • Can co-process lignite with waste biomass (e.g. wood waste and agricultural waste), further reducing the emissions footprint of the resultant products.

The products from the Cat-HTR process therefore have broad application outside the typical power generation use of lignite, opening up new markets and adding value to Victoria’s vast lignite reserves.

IALDP believe that their Cat-HTR technology supports Victoria’s vision of maximising the value of lignite while minimising its environmental impact, building a sustainable energy future, and supporting local job creation.

IALDP Plant Location
The Ignite CDM will be constructed on EnergyAustralia’s site south of the Yallourn open cut mine and the Princes Highway, off Marretts Road in Yallourn, Victoria.

Committed to Community Consultation
IALDP is committed to ongoing consultation with the community through the life of the Ignite CDM project.
  • IALDP conducted two public community drop-in centre events on the 10th and 14th November 2015 at Morwell Bowling Club, with some 25 people in total attending.
  • An 1800 project phone number has been set up, as a further touch-point with the community.

Figure 1: One of the IALDP community events held in November.
Figure 2: IER pilot plant in Somersby, NSW.


Environmental Protection
Environmental impact is a key consideration for the construction and operation of the IALDP project. Each project stage will have a comprehensive environmental management and protection component. All site works will adhere to strict legislative controls and be undertaken in accordance with industry best practice.

Supporting Jobs and Economic Development in the Latrobe Valley
The ALDP project aims to foster economic development in the Latrobe Valley with employment opportunities both in the construction and operational phases.
More information on employment opportunities, once they become available, will be provided on the IALDP website.


Ignite ALDP Project Update
IALDP are pleased to advise of key recent achievements regarding the Commercial Demonstration Plant project.
  • On the 23rd December 2015, IALDP received notice that the Financing and Security Conditions Precedent under the Victorian and Commonwealth Government’s A$20 million ALDP grant had been met, enabling the commencement of the ALDP project in the Latrobe Valley.
  • On the same day, IALDP also received the planning permit approval from the Latrobe Council for the ALDP.
  • The next key milestone IALDP are working toward is the submission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Victoria’s permit.

Where can I find out more?
  • For more information on Ignite ALDP, including a list of community FAQs, please visit ignitealdp.com.au
  • Or call the free information line on 1800 320 469

Ignite ALDP is a subsidiary of Ignite Energy Resources




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