|Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program EOI|
|Earlier thismonth, the Australian and Victorian Governments announced the jointly-funded $90million Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program (ALDP) program which will support the development and deployment of advanced low-emissions technologies forbrown coal (lignite).|
|The Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is administering the fund on behalf of both governments. DPI is nowseeking proposals from parties interested in developing pre-commercial demonstration scale, coal upgrading processes for brown coal (lignite) with Expressions of Interests (EOI) closing on 19 November.|
|The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments will each contribute $45 million for the development and rollout of advanced brown coal technologies including drying for export, conversion into fuels and fertilisers and reducing emissions from coal-fired electricity generation.|
Pre-commercial demonstration refers to the demonstration of a process, or integration or adaption of a process utilising Victorian brown coal (lignite).
Projects must be of sufficient size and involve demonstrable technology risk, to provide process and performance guarantees on successful completion of the pre-commercial demonstration plant.
Upon completion of the technology demonstration, it is envisaged that a commercial facility will be able to be financed and constructed.
The main focus of the ALDP is fit-for-purpose 'coal upgrading' processes for lignite (including materials handling). It is a requirement that proposals identify the product stream which is being targeted and present a plausible pathway to market.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) is the first step of the two stage tender process. EOIs will be assessed by an Independent Assessment Panel. Short-listed EOI’s will be requested to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP).
Technologies most relevant and applicable to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, and meeting the program’s definition and
|objectives, will be eligible for the program regardless of whether they have been developed in Victoria, elsewhere in Australia or overseas. Projects must be constructed in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.|
It is anticipated that projects will have a life of four years, with funding available for projects to commence before 30 June 2014.
|EOI for grants will close 19 November 2012.|
|Full details of the program, including the Expression of Interest document can be found at www.dpi.vic.gov.au/ALDP|
|For additional information on ALDP, contact DPI Manager Pre-commercial Demonstration Programs, Energy Technology Innovation Division, Brian Davey, on +61 (0)409 332 995 or email email@example.com.|
|SOURCE: Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program, Department of Primary Industries, August 2012.|
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