ZEUS SYNGAS REFINING REPORT
Client Letter
Is the ‘Golden Age of Gas’ Just a Sideshow?
April 14, 2014

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook believes the future for natural gas in North America is bright. Demand in natural gas-based industries has experienced post-downturn recovery. The North American shale gas boom and resulting planned expansion of LNG export infrastructure, and some US$60 billion in planned gas-conversion developments have bolstered future natural gas supply prospects. Despite these developments, some are not so sure that natural gas has such a bright future, characterizing recent enthusiasm as a temporary consideration until natural gas prices inevitably spike.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the “golden age of gas” that the IEA foresees as a result of the U.S. energy boom is not being embraced by many industry executives. For many, oil is still the prize, with gas almost an afterthought. Abraxas Petroleum CEO Bob Watson, speaking at a recent petroleum industry event, revealed his company’s portfolio is 74% comprised of oil and liquids, rather than gas. At the same event, Whiting Petroleum Chairman and CEO James Volker explained why: oil sells for three times the equivalent amount of natural gas....Full Article


Industry Analysis
Analysis- GTL Development Series Part Two: Missed Opportunity for Natural Gas-Derived Products?
[2014/04/14]

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


Interview
R3 Sciences working to commercialize modular gas-to-methanol units
November 22, 2013

R3 Sciences have successfully produced commercial grade methanol in a continuous flow pilot system using a liquid, homogenous catalytic process. Advances in homogenous catalysis developed by R3 Sciences will allow the production of methanol from air-derived syngas with only trace levels of catalyst residual. The company is looking to license its technology for deployment in transportable, modular units to process natural gas at the source, providing opportunities for oil field operators to commercialize stranded and flared gas into methanol. R3 Sciences is a unit of Enersciences Holdings, which through other units provides drilling fluids and services, frac and coil chemicals and power generation technologies for upstream operators. ...Full Article


Feature Articles
Feature- Coal-to- Chemicals Emerges as Key Petchem Route in China
[2014/04/14]

Coal-to-Chemicals (CTC) development continues to emerge as a viable conversion route for producers in China. Coal, historically underutilized in the chemicals industry compared to oil, is seen as an important method of deriving specialty chemicals, such as plastics, butadiene, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride and acetaldehyde, all based on acetylene. While the petrochemical industry shifted from coal as cheaper feedstocks emerged, coal is once again re-emerging as a CTC feedstock. A number of firms, including some of the largest Chinese state-owned energy companies, continue to shift their production portfolios to favor CTC investment....Full Article


Africa & Middle East News

Americas News
Technical Woes Keep Edwardsport IGCC at Marginal Capacity
April 14, 2014

Kemper County IGCC Project Cost Exceeds US$5.2 Billion
April 14, 2014

Swan Hills Synfuels Anticipates Late-2017 Start for Canada GTL Project
April 14, 2014

DKRW Hopes to Renew Loan Guarantees for CTL Project
April 14, 2014

EmberClear’s Pennsylvania GTL Project Faces Community, Economic Hurdles
April 14, 2014

Fertilizer Proposals Offer Little Relief for Gas Flares in ND
April 14, 2014

US Set for Massive Surge in Methanol Plant Construction
April 14, 2014

Celanese Announces Plans for Bishop, TX Methanol Plant
April 14, 2014

Port of Kalama Methanol Venture Signs Lease Agreement
April 14, 2014

Methanex Evaluates Third Methanol Unit at Ascension Parish
April 14, 2014

Methanex Announces Regional Methanol Contract Prices
April 14, 2014

US Navy Touts Novel Seawater-Based GTL Process
April 14, 2014

RTI Debuts Warm Gas Cleanup Tech at Polk IGCC Plant
April 14, 2014

Is ExxonMobil Poised for Further Shale Gas Risk?
April 14, 2014

Entech Pursues Canada WTE Plant
April 14, 2014

City of Iqaluit Will Soon Launch a Pilot WTE Project
April 14, 2014

OSU Developing Hybrid Gasification-Syngas Fermentation Tech
April 14, 2014

Siluria Technologies Brings Innovative Gas-to-Ethylene Tech to Houston
April 14, 2014

Stanford Scientists Discover Carbon Monoxide-to-Ethanol Process
April 14, 2014

EIA: Half of New US Power Gen Capacity Fueled by Natural Gas
April 14, 2014

Analyzing the EPA’s New Source Performance Standard
April 14, 2014

Equares Energy Company Enters Clean Energy Challenge
April 14, 2014


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