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May 10, 2012 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: HNP , GE

Does anybody know anything about the prospects for coal gasification as a profitable investment.  I know that utilities in China are beginning to move into gasification and there are a few plants in the US that use this technology.  Are there any real commercial prospects for it?

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#1) On May 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Sasol, SSL, is a leader in this. They are based in South Africa and pay a nice dividend.

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#2) On May 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM, alstry (36.08) wrote:

Bernie Madoff paid a nice dividend for 30 years.....a really nice dividend.

Just saying.....

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#3) On May 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM, PoorSenator (46.44) wrote:

Thanks.  I've also had Sasol on my radar.

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#4) On May 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM, leohaas (31.35) wrote:

I would think that in the US the current low natural gas prices make coal gasification unprofitable. I haven't done the math, but even with the current low coal prices, it would surprise me if it is profitable in the US.

China is a different story. The country needs to import a significant part of its energy. Coal is a lot easier to transport across the ocean than natural gas, so gasification may make economical sense in China.

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