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US Gas-Conversion Investment Surpasses $70 Billion, Handful of Projects Progress
November 14, 2014

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t;U.S. potential gas-conversion project investment has surpassed $70 billion. A handful of projects have already entered construction, including those producing methanol, fertilizer, and direct-reduced iron. Also, for the first time, developers of smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects have announced final investment (FID) on their projects. ...Full Article

Industry Analysis
US IGCC Projects Experience Massive Cost Inflation

Whereas there is an increasing focus on natural gas-based solutions to the United States’ energy needs, a handful of developers have looked to advanced processing technologies that utilize abundant coal or petcoke to fuel their power generation needs to supply markets. The most recent iterations of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology in the U.S. will enter full commercial operations within the next 18 months. These include Duke Energy’s Edwardsport IGCC project in Indiana, which began commissioning in June 2013 and will complete the ramp-up to full production in the next few months, and Southern Company’s Kemper County IGCC project in Mississippi, which is slated to enter full commercial operations in early 2016. ...Full Article

Industry Analysis- The Changing Landscape of US Power Generation

The Energy Information Administration has released projections on the U.S. energy mix to 2040, anticipating a gradual rise in natural gas and renewable energy generation, and a slight reduction followed by a mid-term growth of coal-based capacity additions. The slight rise in coal power generation from 2015 to 2040 may reflect potential impacts of a new generation of ‘cleaner coal’ technologies including Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and Oxyfuel Combustion, among others, as well as a potential reaction to rising natural gas prices....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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