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The tests are being conducted at Southwest Research Institute under a contract

rom the Bechtel Corp., in cooperation with the US Department of Energy and three industrial participants. F-T technology was developed in the early 1920s by two German scientists, Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch, who succeeded in converting coal to synthetic liquid fuels. The process was further improved in Germany during WWII. Most recently, F-T research by the industrial participants in the areas of syngas production, catalysis, and reactor design has significantly improved the quality of F-T fuels.

The Fifth Annual Independent Energy Forum, set Oct. 21 and 22, 1996, in New York City, NY, USA, will look at the future of project development and financing; the Termobaranquilla project in Colombia; opportunities in Brazil, China and India; utilities` international strategies, and international privatization and restructuring models. Dr. Kurt Yeager, Electric Power Research Institute executive vice president, will be the keynote speaker. More information on the forum is available at (212) 279-2525 or fax (212) 279-9307.

The 11th CEPSI Conference, Electricity: The Intelligent Choice for the Environment, is scheduled Oct. 21-25, 1996, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Putra World Trade Center. Keynote speakers will be the honorable prime minister of Malaysia Dato` Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad speaking on “Privatization and Deregulation of the Electricity Supply Industry,” plus addresses from three other eminent speakers from Europe, North America and Asia. There will be seven scheduled field visits to generating facilities, along with the 27 business sessions at the main conference. More information is available from Mr. Jamal Nasir, 11CEPSI Secretariat, P.O. Box 13660, 50818 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, or telephone (603)2825566 or fax (603)2824469.