ASSESSMENT OF THE POTENTIAL FOR USING ALASKAN COAL IN CALIFORNIA

This study is a brief assessment of the potential for using Alaskan coal in California. Adequate coal resources to support California markets exist in the Beluga coal fields near Cook Inlet. New mines, transportation, and ship-loading facilities would be required to exploit these resources. Alaskan coal could be delivered to California at costs competitive with coal delivered by rail from other western states. Tentative locations were identified along the California coast for power plants, coal conversion plants and coal transshipment terminals. California ports typically cannot handle ships with drafts greater than about 30 ft, which implies either using ships smaller than the most economical sizes or other, novel unloading methods. The technical and economic issues concerning six alternatives to conventional coal use are discussed: solvent-refined coal, synthetic fuel oils, coal-oil mixtures, methanol, fluidized bed combustion, and low-Btu/combined-cycle combustion. Air pollutant emission limitations were compiled for the California Air Pollution Control Districts in the the Coastal Zone; these were compared with the emissions to be expected from the use of coal and the alternative technologies in electric power plants. All of these technologies--with the possible exception of solvent-refined coal--probably could meet current emission standards. However, none will be able to meet the extremely low levels implicit in the New Source Review Standards. Even with the use of best available control technology, such plants probably will be unable to qualify for construction permits without the use of emission tradeoffs. Further studies are recommended on the detailed indentification of power plant sites along the coast, on the availability of pollutant emissions trade offs, and on the economics of producing Alaskan coal and transporting it to California.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Rubin, B
    • Borg, I Y
    • Ramsey, W J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7-14

Media Info

  • Pagination: 41 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00192189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM