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History and Milestones

2005 – The company is formed as an energy conversion development enterprise, using gasification. Initial concentration examines a full spectrum of gasification technologies and business opportunities.

2006 – Exclusive focus on in-situ coal gasification as the key synthetic gas supply begins mid-2006 and leads to a series of activities to secure coal resources in Alberta.

2007 – The year commences with preliminary engineering and design work on the demonstration project. Throughout the remainder of that year the management and project team is developed and work progresses on the Swan Hills ISCG demonstration project (Demo Project).

2008 – Development work and preliminary engineering begins on commercial-scale energy conversion developments in parallel with project execution activities on the Demo Project. Swan Hills Synfuels receives an $8.83 million grant from the Province of Alberta in support of the Demo Project.

2009 – In June, the Demo Project successfully commenced operations. The summer of 2009 marked the completion of the first phase of Demo Project, resulting in a range of measurable successes to assist in future development stages of commercial ISCG synthetic gas manufacturing projects.

2011 – An extended operational run of the Demo Project was completed successfully, confirming process performance and forming the economic basis for ISCG synthetic gas manufacturing to provide long-term cost-certain reliable gas supply for gas conversion units.

2012 – Expanded focus on engineering and commercial work for first gas conversion development, known as the Gas to Clean Fuels (GCF) Project.

2013 – First GCF Project development site selected at Bickerdike, Alberta. Preliminary engineering and regulatory application preparation work is advanced. Public consultation initiated.

2014 – Work on the Bickerdike GCF Project advances: Project execution strategies developed, product offtake letters of intent signed, public open house held, in addition to continued progress of the preliminary engineering and regulatory application preparation.