gtl-solid-logosGTL Energy and Solid Energy are continuing with operations at the Mataura coal briquette plant and plan to run it for an extended period to enable GTL Energy to demonstrate the production capabilities of the plant and its technology and for product combustion and handling testing in the domestic and international market. The plant, which uses GTL Energy’s coal upgrading technology, achieved sustained production runs through to April 2013. Following a period of product and production assessment, the plant was commissioned in May 2013. Since that time, the companies have been considering the commercial arrangements for its ongoing operations.


An article in Mining NZ Magazine covers commissioning of commercial plant in New Zealand.

"Utilising GTL Energy coal-upgrading technology, the low grade coal is turned into a higher rank fuel by removing moisture from the coal and transforming it into the briquettes, which have an increased energy content, reduced emissions, improved handling and transportation characteristics and increased market value."

GTLE Article Mining NZ Magazine April 2013 (1.17 MB)


GTL Energy and Solid Energy Announce First Production; Signed Joint Venture Agreement for Deployment of Coal Upgrading Technology

  • First production achieved at Solid Energy’s plant in Southland, New Zealand, using GTL Energy’s coal upgrading technology
  • GTL Energy and Solid Energy sign an agreement to form a Joint Venture Company combining their respective assets for the commercialization of GTL Energy’s coal upgrading technology

GTL Energy was featured in Coal Asia publication, January 2013, following Blake Williams' presentation at the McKloskey conference in Bali regarding technology and New Zealand plant status and Indonesian project development plans.



Coal Asia Jan-13 Coal Upgrading Technology Article - GTLE (968.89 kB)