National Geographic : 1981 Nov
WE'RE EXXON We're Bob Payne, turningsolid coal into a new source of liquid fuel for America. America has more energy in coal than the Middle East has in oil. For many uses, however, the coal must be turned into a liquid. Bob Payne is using his 30 years of experience in petroleum refining to do something about that. He manages a test plant that's finding better ways to turn American coal into liquid products we can use in industry, homes and transportation. The test program will cost $350 million. In addi tion to Exxon, it's funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, two other U.S. oil companies and companies from Japan, Germany and Italy The test plant uses the Exxon Donor Solvent Pro cess which works on many different kinds of coal. It turns 250 tons of coal a day into a liquid that's a substitute for products made from natural crude oil. Bob Payne and the scores of Exxon people at the test plant know their work is important, because coal is an alternative to foreign oil. It's one more way to produce energy in America, for America.