Client Letter
Air Products Spends a Billion on Plasma Gasification
May 29, 2015

Dear reader,  it is important to highlight the fact that Air Products and Chemicals, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest industrial gases producers in the world, will have invested over $1 billion in plasma gasification since 2012. The plasma and waste to energy (WTE) gasification spaces have traditionally been occupied by much smaller firms. A majority of successful projects have been undertaken by the technology developers themselves. Air Products has opted to use commercially proven technology by Westinghouse Plasma Corp.( a Division of Alter NRG Corp.) for two projects due online in Teesside, UK in 2015 and 2016.

t;The first up will be Tees Valley 1 (TV 1), with commissioning expected over the next few months. To be situated just adjacent to it is Tees Valley 2 (TV 2), which is a virtual duplicate of the first facility and currently under construction with a commissioning date set for 2016. The move translates to an approximate $1 billion investment for Air Products in both facilities. Air Products’ business plan includes the development of at least four more facilities similar to the Tees Valley plants....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
Feature- Novel Conversion Approaches Roundup

In recent months we have tracked several announcements relative to alternative conversion processes, using novel techniques and catalysts to more efficiently create chemicals, syngas, and transport fuels, along with managing harmful by-products such as carbon dioxide. Below is an overview of major studies in these subjects since the beginning of the year....Full Article

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