- Louisiana Enthusiastically Pushing $5 Billion Synfuel Project Along
- Sasol, Shenhua to Study Feasibility of Two $5 Billion Chinese CTL Plants
- World-Wide Clean Diesel Demand Growth Could Push Refiners Into New Schemes to Control CO2 Emissions
- Brazil Looks to Biomass for Gasification
- World Refiners Need to Boost Middle Distillate Desulfurization Capacity 16 Million b/d by 2020
- U.S. CO2 Emissions Rise on Coal Burning– EIA
- EU Commission, Concawe, Eucar Study Sees More Potential for Gasification-based Fuels
- Rentech, Inc. Set to Join Russell 3000 Index
- Japan Aims to Bury 200 Million Tons/Year of CO2 by 2020
- Wyoming City Has Questions Regarding CEO of Trash to Energy Company
- Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle & Synthetic Natural Gas
- South Korea Joins FutureGen
- New Law Requires Colorado to Consider IGCC
- GE Chief Sees $5 Billion in Clean Coal Power Plants by 2010
- Gas to Liquids & Coal to Liquids
- Gazprom, Shell Mull $8 Billion Siberian GTL Joint Venture
- Sasol Sees Payback on Qatar GTL in 3 Years
- Despite Challenges, Nigeria's Escravos GTL Project Remains Set for 2009 Start-Up
- Shell Says GTL Is Good Alternative to LNG
- Biomass to Liquids & Waste to Energy
- IEA Warns of "Unsustainable" Energy Future by 2050; CTL Role Grows
- Nexant to Study OGX's Mongolian CTL Proposals
- Quantum Fuel Systems Gets China Generator Contract
- Coal Consumption, Production, Price All Set to Rise – EIA
- China's Shenhua to Move CTL Assets into Listed Subsidiary
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle & Synthetic Natural Gas
South Korea joined the FutureGen International Partnership in June with a pledge of $10 million to help build and operate the world's first "zero emissions" coal-fired power plant. South Korea is only the second country, after India, to join the U.S. in the alliance.
Chung Sye Kyun, South Korea's minister of commerce, industry and energy signed the agreement with U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman in Washington on June 26.
Colorado Governor, Bill Owens (R) signed into law a bill which forces Colorado Public Utility Commission to consider the building of IGCC plants when looking at proposals for pulverized coal plants.
GE's Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt recently said he expected the company would receive about $5 billion in orders for clean coal power plants by 2010, and Robert Rigdon, GE Energy's director for IGCC and gasification, expects much of it to come from his department.
"We expect a substantial portion to come from IGCC," Rigdon told GN.
Gas to Liquids & Coal to Liquids
Russian natural gas giant Gazprom and Shell were examining the possibility of jointly building an $8 billion GTL plant in Nadym in western Siberia, The Scotsman newspaper reported.
Gazprom's deputy chief executive, Alexander Ryazanov reportedly told a news conference that his company and Shell were talking about building a 12 Bcm.
Sasol expects to see a profitable return on its investment in the “Oryx” GTL plant in Qatar in 2.5-3 years, Chief Executive Pat Davies reportedly said in South Africa's Business Day.
The Chevron/Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) 34,000 b/d Escravos GTL project in Nigeria is generally going according to schedule and remains set to start up in 2009, Edmund Ayoola, NNPC's group executive director for exploration and production told the GTL Summit here in May.
Through 2006, the site of the plant is to be prepared for plant construction, which starts in 2007. He said the actual site preparation was nearing completion and the next step is to build the construction camp. Next year, Ayoola said he expects there will be 5,000 workers at the site building the plant.
Guy de Kort, strategy and portfolio manager of Shell's global GTL development group, told delegates at the World GTL Summit in London in May that an investment in a GTL facility, under the right conditions, is an attractive alternative to LNG.
Louisiana Enthusiastically Pushing $5 Billion Synfuel Project Along
South Africa's Sasol and a consortium led by China's largest coal producer Shenhua agreed to determine the viability of two potential 80,000 b/d CTL plants to be built in Shaanxi Province and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region at a cost of around $5 billion each.
With world-wide demand for low-sulfur and ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) seen growing at twice the rate of gasoline demand over the next 15 years (see Diesel Fuel News 6/19/06, p1), hydrocracking is seen likely to emerge as a crucial refining strategy.However, according to an as-yet-unpublished Europia study on the consequences of growing vehicle dieselization and consequent hydrocracking, refiners are likely to suffer a coincidental increase in CO2 “global warming” emissions.
Brazil is leading the way in the biomass to fuels arena with its sugar to ethanol industry, but is also looking to use its wealth of biomass to produce more fuels through gasification, Eduardo Falabella Sousa-Aquiar of the Brazilian state-run oil company, Petrobras Research Center told an audience at the 6th Annual GTL conference in London in May.
The continuing world-wide surge in diesel demand – growing at double the rate of gasoline demand – means the world’s refiners must boost capacity dramatically over the next decade, according to an Axens study presented to the Hart World Fuels Conference in Brussels this month.On-road diesel is on a path for an average annual growth rate of 3%, twice that of gasoline, the study shows. That means diesel demand will grow by another 7.2 million barrels/day, hitting nearly 20 Mmb/d by 2020.
U.S. energy related CO2 emissions rose only by around 0.1% in 2005 from 2004 levels, but that was mostly due to increased coal use, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its 2005 Flash Estimate.EIA's Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting calculated 2005 CO2 emissions at just over 5.9 billion tons, up 6 million tons from the previous year's tally.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Center, Concawe (Europe’s oil industry environmental research group) and Eucar (Europe’s auto industry research group) all see new potential for gasification-based fuels that employ CO2 capture and storage.“Large scale production of synthetic fuels or hydrogen from coal or gas offers the potential for GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions reduction via CO2 capture and storage and this merits further study,” the trio found in their latest “well-to-wheels” fuel/powertrain options joint report.
Denver-based Fischer-Tropsch technology provider Rentech joined the Russell 3000 Index as the Russell Investment Group reconstituted its U.S. stock index on June 30, Rentech said.
Japan is looking at ways to sequester 200 million tons a year of CO2 by 2020 under a plan administered by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. If successful, the plan would reduce the country's emissions currently yearly emissions of 1.3 billion tons by around 16%/year, the AP reported.The project reportedly dwarfs similar initiatives in Canada, Norway and Algeria which currently pump only about 1 million tons a year underground.
The city of Cheyenne, Wyo. became suspicious of one of the companies that applied to turn its trash into energy after it was learned that the CEO of Green Power Inc., Michael Spitzauer, was convicted of fraud in his native Austria, The Associated Press reported.
Biomass to Liquids & Waste to Energy
International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new “Energy Technology Perspectives” study finds that surging world-wide transport demand, plus growing coal-fired electric power between now and 2050, could mean a huge increase in carbon dioxide “global warming” emissions.
However, certain “accelerated technology scenarios” could bring the world onto a “much more sustainable energy path,” the IEA study shows.
Nexant, a U.S.-based consulting firm and affiliate of Bechtel Corp. has been selected by Canada's QGX, Ltd., a Canadian mineral exploration company, to complete a feasibility study for a CTL plant at a site in Baruun Naran in Mongolia.
Nexant is to look at the economic and technical aspects of using Baruun Naran local coal, a prospect that QGX says looks promising.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide got a contract from Synthesis Energy System (SES) to develop modular stationary power generators that operate on synfuel for deployment in China.
The generators will be a component of syngas and co-generation facilities being developed in China by SES for large industrial users under unspecified contracts. SES is working with industrial users in China to develop syngas and co-/poly-generation facilities.
U.S. coal consumption by electric power generators is expected to grow by a mere 0.3% this year over last year, but in 2007, annual consumption growth is to jump to 1.6%, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its latest monthly forecast. High natural gas and oil prices are the main drivers behind the projected growth rates.
China's largest coal producer, Shenhua Group, aims to put all of its assets including its CTL projects into its Hong Kong listed subsidiary China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd. over the next three to five years. The move is aimed at putting the entire group in the stock market.
Shenhua Energy went public only a year ago on the Hong Kong Hang Seng index. It planned to list on the Chinese mainland, but failed to receive approval from the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission.