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SunCoke seeks air permit to build coke plant in Ky.

Keywords: Tags  SunCoke Energy, coke plant, Kentucky plant, coal preparation, plant permit, Stacy Irish

NEW YORK — SunCoke Energy South Shore LLC, an affiliate of SunCoke Energy Inc., has applied for an air-quality permit to build a metallurgical coke plant in Greenup County, Ky., according to a Clear Air Act title permit filed with the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection.

The plant—estimated to cost about $400 million to build, and include coal and coke handling facilities, a coke oven battery and coke storage facilities—is expected to produce 831,000 tonnes of coke annually.

Permitting should take 12 to 18 months, with construction estimated at 24 months, a SunCoke Energy spokeswoman said.

SunCoke Energy is also evaluating plans to invest $30 million in a new U.S. coke plant, and plans to invest an additional $30 million to $60 million in a new coal preparation plant. It declined to reveal the potential locations for the plants.

SunCoke expects capital expenditures of $110 million in 2014, down from $144 million last year.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.

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