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Second Aluminum Corp. industrial syngas plant enters commissioning phase

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The second of three previously announced natural gas replacement projects licensed by Tianwo-SES Clean Energy Technologies Company Joint Venture in China and under construction for Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd has entered the commissioning phase.

Members of Synthesis Energy Systems’ Zao Zhuang New Gas Company Joint Venture are onsite at the new facility, located in Xing County, Shanxi Province, to support the commissioning and startup.

Initial syngas production from Shanxi's single SES Gasification Technology (SGT) system is expected to commence later this month.

"I am pleased to see continued progress at all three CHALCO projects. The Shanxi project is proceeding as planned and progress continues at the Zibo City facility, which is currently operating at full capacity during its testing period. We expect the third CHALCO project, in Henan Province, to enter its commissioning by early next year," said Robert W. Rigdon, SES President and CEO.

Following the three CHALCO projects entering commercial operation, the installed base for SGT will expand from five to twelved gasification systems in operation in China. The three coal-to-gas turnkey projects for CHALCO will manufacture clean, lower-cost syngas from SGT, to replace expensive natural gas, for existing aluminum production plants.

Total construction order commitments of approximately 650 million Yuan (US$102 million) for the three projects were announced in December 2014 between Aluminum Corporation of China, China's largest alumina and primary aluminum producer, and Innovative Coal Chemical Design Institute (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (ICCDI).

ICCDI is the general contractor supplying all the engineering, construction and balance of plant equipment for the three projects. The total order value for these projects to Tianwo-SES for technology and equipment supply from ICCDI, a subsidiary of Suzhou Thvow Technology Co., Ltd. (STT), is expected to be 140.3 million Yuan (approximately US$22 million).

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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