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Title: Refining and End Use Study of Coal Liquids.

Abstract

Progress in a study to determine the most cost effective and suitable combination of existing petroleum refinery processes needed to make specification transportation fuels or blending stocks, from direct and indirect coal liquefaction product liquids is reported.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Bechtel National, Inc., San Antonio, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
644630
Report Number(s):
DOE/PC/91029-14
ON: DE98054309; CNN: DE-AC22-93PC91029
DOE Contract Number:
AC22-93PC91029
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: [1997]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; COAL LIQUIDS; REFINING; DIESEL FUELS; PROGRAM MANAGEMENT; GASOLINE; PROGRESS REPORT

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NONE. Refining and End Use Study of Coal Liquids.. United States: N. p., 1997. Web. doi:10.2172/644630.
NONE. Refining and End Use Study of Coal Liquids.. United States. doi:10.2172/644630.
NONE. Wed . "Refining and End Use Study of Coal Liquids.". United States. doi:10.2172/644630. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/644630.
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