Client Letter
Flurry of UK and Ireland WTE FIDs Follow Robust Government Support
April 20, 2015

Dear reader,

t;In recent weeks four waste-to-energy (WTE) projects in the UK and Ireland announced final investment decisions (FID). From a combination of incentive support in the Renewables Obligation Certificate Program, which favorably classifies Waste Biomass-based Advanced Gasification Technologies as Renewable Energy Projects, and through a combination of Government funding and private equity support, gasification-based technologies appear set to take-off in the western European market....Full Article

Industry Analysis
Pending ‘XTX’ Incentive Plans in Wyoming and Alaska

In late 2013 and early 2015 Shell and Sasol, respectively canceled their large-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects in Louisiana, which, according to statements by management, was largely predicated on uncertainty in commodity markets and possible run-up in labor-related construction costs. Both companies decided to pursue other opportunities while keeping the GTL option on the shelf. ...Full Article

Analysis- GTL Development Series Part Two: Missed Opportunity for Natural Gas-Derived Products?

The latest Henry Hub natural gas price is US$4.63/MMBtu. The prospect of low gas prices continuing in the long-term have stimulated the development of more than 40 gas-conversion projects. All told, U.S. gas-conversion investment alone could represent some US$60 billion in capital expenditure. Following this industry closely, your correspondent reports an average of one new gas-conversion project announcement every two weeks. A recent survey conducted by this publication found 43 gas-conversion projects under development or evaluation in the U.S. Indeed, this time last year there were less than 25. Despite the investment, are energy companies missing the opportunity for gas-conversion? A majority of energy companies are focusing on alternative development routes, instead. In this analysis, we seek to establish the case for gas-conversion as this fledgling industry begins commercialization....Full Article

Feature Articles
Advanced IGCC+CCS Projects Appear to Make Progress

Advanced Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)-based power projects incorporating carbon, capture and storage/sequestration (CCS) appear to be progressing despite the enormous costs associated with the latest developments. Largely predicated as a response to CO2 emissions requirements on new plants that would bring coal plants to lower emission levels than natural gas-based plants, and even cleaner, it is important to note that the first commercial-scale IGCC+CCS power plant is now complete and will ramp up to commercial operations early next year. ...Full Article

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