ZEUS SYNGAS REFINING REPORT
Client Letter
US Agencies Award Grants to Biorefining Concerns
September 25, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced Sept. 19 the award of $210 million in grants to three companies for the construction and commissioning of biorefineries in Nevada, Oregon, and the Gulf Coast capable of producing “drop-in” biofuels to produce transport fuels at an average cost of $3.40 a gallon.

The awards included two to companies utilizing Fischer-Tropsch (FT) biomass-to-liquids (BTL) technology, and one to a firm using a proprietary process to convert waste fats into diesel. The companies will collectively produce more than 100 million gallons annually in 2016 and 2017 of military-grade fuel....Full Article


Industry Analysis
Industry Analysis- Snapshot on Methanol as a Marine Fuel
[2014/09/17]

North American methanol production is expected to increase by 26% by 2020, part of a worldwide expansion of the fuel. By 2020, an additional 65.9 million tons a year of global capacity is expected to be added. In the U.S. alone, some 22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of methanol capacity could be added by 2020. A lot of this capacity will go to China, which is using it is a precursor for olefins production via  MTO processes (See this issue’s Editor’s letter). ...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- “Oasis” Gas-to-Methanol Units Offer Solution to Waste Gas
[2014/09/25]

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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