Client Letter
Allam Cycle May Enable Next-Gen Clean-Coal Development
November 25, 2014

Clean coal technologies are still under development, and the first iterations of the latest generation of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology have either entered construction or are undergoing commissioning. Some of the under development and proposed facilities integrate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to reduce the emission of CO2 to the atmosphere.

t;Such measures will increasingly be necessary under new and impending regulations on emissions from power plants in the U.S. Ultimately, there are two major issues for developers of coal gasification power plants to address in the increasingly natural gas-focused market: improving efficiency of the IGCC process and reducing the cost and overall impact of implementing CCS at the plant. ...Full Article

Industry Analysis
Spotlight: Examining the Potential of GTL Development in Mozambique

The year 2010 was a major turning point in the destiny of East African nation Mozambique. Before discoveries by international operators such as Anadarko and Eni, Mozambique had less than 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of proven natural gas reserves from a handful of fields, which is used to supply South Africa via pipeline. Now, Mozambique is well positioned to boost regional exports via pipeline and begin to export LNG and GTL by the end of the decade. The prodigious gas reserves of the Rovuma Basin leads one to wonder: is Mozambique the next world-scale gas hub?...Full Article

Industry Analysis- US Methanol Prices Climb to Highest in Five Years

The U.S. spot methanol assessment reached US$1.67 Nov. 26, its highest level in more than five years. Global supply pressure exacerbated by a handful of shutdowns and both planned and unplanned maintenance turnarounds has supported higher prices. Prices have trended higher in the interim across North American, Asian and European regions, reflecting a growing demand for the product. Factors contributing to the higher prices include gas supply curtailments in Trinidad and the Brazilian government’s recent decision to extend the suspension of import duties on methanol. Variations in spot and contract pricing may also factor in the climbing prices. Methanex, the world’s largest methanol producer, set its FOB US Gulf December contract pricing to US$1.90 a gallon. The U.S. has thus been the most expensive region for purchasing methanol since early November. U.S. methanol prices have remained fairly high throughout 2013. ...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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