Client Letter
Asia is a Major Focus in Global Gasification Investment
October 10, 2014

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Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and Pakistan look to increasingly rely on their coal resources to offset reliance on imported fuels. With environmental impacts in mind, these countries are increasingly looking to cleaner coal solutions such as gasification to promote the alternative use of the resource. This is a roundup of some major developments in global gasification over the previous year....Full Article

Industry Analysis
First-of-its-Kind CCS Project Online $1.4B Later

Some $1.4 billion later, the retrofitted 110-MW plant now burns coal at an emissions output comparable to the latest advanced coal plants. This would disadvantage the utility versus a competitor making a new facility based on the latest coal-burning technology. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that such a facility at similar scale would cost $850 million. Reducing the cost of CCS will thus be key if the technology is to be implemented industry-wide. ...Full Article

Firms Leverage In-Situ Gasification to Deliver Alternative Gas Supplies

Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), the process of converting unmineable and often deep coal seams in-situ into syngas, has been around since 1868. Although the process has been used by Germany during WWII as an energy alternative to increasingly scarce oil resources, by the Soviet Union, and (more recently) by nations like China, South Africa, and Uzbekistan (on a pilot scale), UCG has not entered widespread commercialization. Recent developments may open up the concept to commercial development with the promise of unlocking billions of tons of stranded coal worldwide. ...Full Article

Analysis: Is the Door Closing on US Coal-fired Power?

A variety of market and regulatory forces are converging that may make coal-fired power generation no longer feasible in the U.S. The emergence of natural gas as the primary source of power generation in the energy mix of the U.S. is likey by the end of the decade, and this may happen sooner if certain regulations are broadly implemented. Whereas alternatives to conventional coal, including the integration of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technologies may make coal 'cleaner', natural gas is still likely to emerge the victor. ...Full Article

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- “Oasis” Gas-to-Methanol Units Offer Solution to Waste Gas

Maverick Synfuels, a North Carolina-based developer of advanced thermo-chemical technology, has introduced a small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant concept that can be co-located at the methane source. The system allows producers to monetize biogas and natural gas streams (including associated, flared, and stranded gas reserves) as an alternative to burning the gas, transporting it via pipeline, or producing electricity....Full Article

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