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China launches clean coal gasification venture

World Coal,

Synthesis Energy Systems has announced that ZCM-SES Sino-U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Limited, its new joint venture with Zhangjiangang Chemical Machinery Company, has officially launched the China clean coal gasification joint venture.

Target markets

The announcement follows final approval from the Chinese government to operate ZCM-SES throughout China. The joint venture's target markets also include Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

The joint venture received initial funding from ZCM of approximately US$ 8.7 million, which represents the required first installment of ZCM's total contribution of US$ 16.5 million to the programme.

Clean coal gasification

SES CEO, Robert Rigdon, commented: "ZCM-SES is hitting the ground running. We are already aggressively pursuing our first projects in which to supply the SES Gasification Technology. We look forward to bringing clean coal gasification to China and to helping the region advance its development plans. We are also in the process of making the smooth transition of the required technical and business employees from the SES Shanghai office into the joint venture."

ZCM-SES has named Fred Ma as General Manager. The representative parties appointed to the ZCM-SES Board were Chairman Lorenzo Lamadrid and CEO Robert Rigdon for SES, and Chairman Chen Yuzhong, Liao Bing and Chen Jun for ZCM.

ZCM-SES partnership

ZCM holds a 65% ownership interest in ZCM-SES and exclusive manufacturing rights for all ZCM-SES customer projects, in exchange for funding working capital needs. SES is contributing exclusive usage of its premiere SES Gasification Technology in China and the joint venture's additional markets for a 35% interest in ZCM-SES.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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