|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (966)||12/13/2007 6:15:28 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|CIC Energy announces commencement of coal-to-hydrocarbons feasibility study|
ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - CIC Energy
Corp. ("CIC Energy" or the "Company") (TSX:ELC, BSE: CIC Energy) is pleased to
announce the commencement of both a feasibility study and a detailed market
study on a coal-to-hydrocarbons project in Botswana (the "CTH Project"), at
the Company's Mmamabula Coalfield. This follows positive results from an
internal scoping study, which indicated robust economics for the CTH Project,
which is currently 100% owned by CIC Energy.
The CTH Project is one of the ways that CIC Energy is working to maximize
the value of the coal resource at Mmamabula, beyond the Mmamabula Energy
Project. The current Mmamabula coal resource estimate of approximately
2.3 billion tonnes, in the measured and indicated categories, exceeds
projected coal consumption for both Phase One and Phase Two power plants. In
addition, ongoing exploration is expected to lead to a further increase in the
coal resource. Please see the technical report referred to at the end of this
news release for further information on the Company's coal resource estimate.
The Company has appointed Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. ("Jacobs") to
conduct a feasibility study to produce synthesis gas ("syngas") from coal
which can be converted to a variety of downstream products including
chemicals, gas and fuels. Completion of this feasibility study is expected in
the second quarter of 2008.
CIC Energy also announces the appointment of Wood Mackenzie to do an
in-depth market study for the Company's CTH Project, to assess the potential
demand for the different downstream products that can be produced from syngas
including chemicals, gas and fuels. The first phase of this market study is
expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008.
"The appointment of Jacobs and Wood Mackenzie to conduct feasibility and
market studies is an important step toward maximizing the full value of the
large coal resource at Mmamabula," said Mr. Gregory Kinross, President of CIC
Other Corporate News
In other corporate news, CIC Energy is pleased to announce that the
Government of Botswana has approved the Environmental Impact Statement for all
planned transmission lines in Botswana related to the Mmamabula Energy
Project. Approximately 50 kilometres of transmission lines will be constructed
from Mmamabula to the South African border, to tie into the electrical grid
belonging to Eskom Holdings Limited, South Africa's national electrical
utility. Additional transmission lines will connect the Mmamabula Energy
Project to Botswana's electrical grid, owned and operated by Botswana Power
Corporation (BPC), which includes BPC's Morupule power station. This
environmental approval complements the approvals for the Company's power
station and mine announced on October 29, 2007.
Furthermore, CIC Energy announces the following executive appointments.
Mr. Warren Newfield, Co-Chairman of CIC Energy and founder of Tau Capital
Corp., is appointed as CEO of the Company. Mr. Gregory Kinross will remain
In addition, Mr. Craig McLeary has been appointed as Chief Financial
Officer, effective February 2008. At the same time, Ms. Susan Myburgh,
currently the CFO, will take on the new role of Financial Director of the
Company's South African subsidiary, CIC Energy (SA) (Pty) Limited.
Mr. McLeary, a Chartered Accountant, brings 17 years of accounting and
finance expertise to CIC Energy, including most recently as Group Financial
Manager at Sappi Limited, a global leader in the pulp and paper industry
headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa (NYSE, JSE, and LSE listed). Sappi
had annual sales of over US$5 billion in fiscal 2007 with manufacturing
operations on four continents, sales offices in 50 countries and customers in
over 100 countries worldwide. Mr. McLeary was a member of the Audit and
Accounting Task Group of the King Committee on Corporate Governance (King II)
in South Africa. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche, South Africa and
received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Natal University, as well as a
Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) from the University of South Africa.
"Craig McLeary is a strong addition to CIC Energy's senior management
team and we are very pleased to have him on board," said Mr. Gregory Kinross,
President of CIC Energy.
About CIC Energy Corp.
CIC Energy is a TSX/BSE-listed company engaged in the advancement of the
estimated US$9.5 billion Mmamabula Energy Project, a planned power station and
integrated coal mine in Botswana. The Mmamabula Energy Project is in
partnership with International Power plc (LSE listed), a leading independent
electricity generating company. The Southern Africa region is projected to
require significant new baseload power generation capacity over the next
several years. The Mmamabula Energy Project is located in the Mmamabula Coal
Field of southeastern Botswana, 120 kilometres north of the capital city of
Gaborone and adjacent to South Africa's Waterberg Coal Field. The majority of
the electricity generated is intended for export under a long-term power
purchase agreement to South Africa's national utility, Eskom Holdings Limited.
Phase One of the Mmamabula Energy Project is planned as a 2,100 to 2,500
megawatt (MW) power plant with an integrated 7.5 to 9.0 million tonne per
annum coal mine scheduled to be in commercial operation in 2012.
Additional information with respect to the mineral resource estimate for
Mmamabula is contained in a technical report of Snowden Mining Industry
Consultants ("Snowden") dated June 1, 2007 and entitled "CIC Energy Corp.:
Mmamabula Project, South-eastern Botswana, Project No. J912, National
Instrument 43-101 Technical Report", a copy of which has been filed on SEDAR
and may be accessed at www.sedar.com. Snowden is an international minerals
consultancy group independent of CIC Energy. The Company issued a news release
on April 18, 2007 announcing an updated mineral resource estimate for
The global mineral resource estimate for Mmamabula now totals
approximately 2.3 billion tonnes of coal, which is comprised of approximately
1,660 million tonnes in the measured category and approximately 637 million
tonnes in the indicated category.
Snowden has concluded that coal from the Dovedale, Serorome and Mmamabula
South Blocks is suitable for steam-producing thermal power generation, with
raw coal calorific values ("CV") of approximately 20.5 mega joules per
kilogram ("MJ/kg") for the D1 seam and 23.2 MJ/kg for the M2 seam; these
qualities compare favorably with those reported for the Mookane Block of
21.7 MJ/kg for the D1 seam and 23.1 MJ/kg for the M2 seam.
Ms. Lesley Jeffrey is the "Qualified Person" for Mmamabula within the
meaning of NI 43-101. Ms. Jeffrey is employed by Bon-Terra, a subsidiary of
CIC Energy has a treasury of approximately CDN$121 million.
Jacobs (NYSE:JCE) is one of the world's largest and most diverse
providers of professional technical services with annual revenues exceeding
US$8 billion. Jacobs has extensive experience in applying gasification to meet
the needs of various industries and has developed proprietary technology to
improve the performance of gasification plants. Jacobs also has extensive
experience in the production of chemicals and fuels produced from syngas. For
more information on Jacobs please visit www.jacobs.com.
About Wood Mackenzie:
Wood Mackenzie has been providing a unique range of research products and
consulting services to the energy and life sciences industries globally for
over 30 years. Wood Mackenzie clients include 40 out of the top 50, energy and
pharmaceutical companies worldwide. For more information on Wood Mackenzie
please visit www.woodmac.com.
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|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (1046)||12/14/2007 4:38:39 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|Freeport power plant will recapture greenhouse gases|
By TOM FOWLER
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
Dec. 13, 2007, 8:36AM
A power plant designed to release virtually no greenhouse gases, first planned for Fort Bend County, instead will be built in Freeport and will create gas for use in Dow Chemical's plants there, participants announced today.
The power plant, which will run on the refining byproduct petroleum coke and capture almost all its carbon dioxide emissions, also will create up to 180 million cubic feet per day of synthetic gas for Dow to use in making products at its massive Brazoria County complex.
The plant will emit about 8 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, but project developer Hunton Energy said it will capture and sell the CO2 for use in enhanced oil recovery. Rocky Sembritzky, president of Hunton, said the company is negotiating with three companies to purchase the CO2, which will be shipped via pipeline to oil fields.
"What we're planning is a plant that can produce a lot of energy yet have no emissions except for start-up and shut-down," Sembritzky said. "There's been a lot of talk in the industry about carbon capture but we've committed to it from day one."
Some environmentalists are encouraged by the project, scheduled to begin operating by 2012.
Hunton Energy "appears to be closer than any other developer in the country to being able to capture such a huge amount of CO2," said Scott Anderson, senior policy adviser for Environmental Defense, in a prepared statement. "The 8 million tons per year the company plans to capture is more CO2 than comes from fossil fuel combustion in the entire state of Vermont."
Jim Marston, a Texas-based director of Environmental Defense who was part of a successful effort to get TXU Energy to cut back its plans for new coal power plants, praised the project and the participation of Dow and Valero Energy, the refining giant that will provide the new plant's petroleum coke.
Hunton Energy, a unit of Houston-based heating and air-conditioning contractor Hunton Group, announced plans in January for a 1,200 megawatt power plant near Smithers Lake and the giant W.A. Parish power plant in Fort Bend County.
Known as the Lockwood Project, the plant would be fueled by petroleum coke, or pet coke, a relatively inexpensive refining byproduct that it would buy from Valero.
Pet coke is a lumpy black material that resembles coal but produces more heat per pound and usually costs 25 percent to 50 percent less. It has a higher sulfur content than coal and is most commonly used as a fuel to run power generators at cement plants, where the sulfur is absorbed as part of the cement-making process.
A small but growing number of power plants are burning pet coke using gasification technology that turns it into a cleaner-burning gas.
Sembritzky said the change in location for the project came about when a consultant that also worked with Dow noted how the two companies could work together.
The Dow Chemical facility in Freeport covers more than 5,000 acres and includes 75 individual plants making billions of pounds of raw materials, such as polyethylene, polyurethanes and vinyl chloride, which are then made into many different consumer and industrial products.
Natural gas is the basic ingredient in many of those products, but it has become increasingly expensive in the U.S. in recent years. That's why the synthetic gas the Hunton plant will make was particularly attractive to Dow, Sembritzky said.
In addition to generating power and synthetic gas the project also will produce steam that Dow can make use of onsite.
Cogentrix Energy, a unit of banking giant Goldman Sachs that operates power plants, was an investor in the original project but has since dropped out due to the change of plans, Sembritzky said.
When planned for Fort Bend County the project was budgeted at about $2.4 billion but Sembritzky said the new plans bring the cost to about $2.8 billion.
Dow, Hunton Energy discussing new plant
© 2007 The Associated Press
Dec. 13, 2007, 11:17PM
FREEPORT, Texas — Talks are under way between Dow Chemical Co. and Hunton Energy about construction of a plant to produce synthetic natural gas that Dow's Texas operations could use on its production lines.
Frederick Moore, Dow's director of manufacturing and technology as it relates to energy, said the synthetic gas is a cheaper alternative in the long run to natural gas extracted from the ground.
Moore said the facility is still in the planning stages. As proposed, the plant in Freeport would have 300 new workers and would produce the synthetic natural gas from a byproduct of oil refineries. Hunton would own, build and operate the plant on Dow's property, if an agreement is reached.
Moore said in a story for Friday's editions of The Facts that synthetic gas will remain at a more stable price compared to those of natural gas.
"With this source, it gives us some diversity in how we acquire energy," Moore said. "We will not be so tied to the volatile market of natural gas taken from the ground. It will improve our competitive position."
The proposed facility would produce synthetic gas by reacting pure oxygen with petroleum coke and bio mass such as wood chips and rice hulls. Dow said the resulting synthetic gas would be converted into natural gas and three byproducts: liquid sulfur, carbon dioxide and slag. Each of the byproducts will be captured and sold.
Bob Walker, vice president of Dow Texas Operations, said the facility would extract more energy from petroleum coke.
"Instead of pulling a cubic foot of gas out of the ground, we will make a cubic foot of gas from something that will just be burned off," Walker said.
Moore said Dow would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by switching to steam produced by the gasification facility instead of onsite.
Dow in talks for new synthetic gas facility
By Hunter Sauls
Published December 14, 2007
FREEPORT — The Dow Chemical Co. is in talks with Hunton Energy to build a new facility in Freeport with 300 new full-time workers to provide Dow Texas Operations with a cheaper and cleaner source of natural gas.
The price of natural gas is critical for the long-term profitability of Dow Texas Operations, which requires a large amount of the gas for its production lines, Dow Texas Operations Vice President Bob Walker said.
Hunton’s gasification facility would produce synthetic natural gas from a byproduct of oil refineries. The synthetic gas is a cheaper alternative to natural gas extracted from the ground in the long run, said Frederick Moore, Dow’s director of manufacturing and technology as it relates to energy.
According to the non-binding memorandum of understanding between the two companies, Hunton will own, build and operate the plant on Dow property along Highway 332 between Dow Oyster Creek and Plant A, Moore said.
“They would build the plant with a 15-year commercial operating term with an option to renew,” Moore said.
The facility is still in the planning stages, as well as the arrangement between the two companies.
If the companies come through negotiations with a final agreement, the total cost of the facility’s construction and when it will start will be determined, Moore said.
Synthetic gas will remain at a more stable price compared to the erratic price of natural gas, Moore said. It also will be less costly in the future as the relative price of natural gas rises, he said.
“With this source, it gives us some diversity in how we acquire energy,” Moore said. “We will not be so tied to the volatile market of natural gas taken from the ground. It will improve our competitive position.”
The Hunton facility would produce synthetic gas, or syngas, by reacting pure oxygen with petroleum coke and bio mass such as wood chips and rice hulls. This syngas is then converted into natural gas and three byproducts: liquid sulfur, carbon dioxide and slag. Each of these byproducts will be captured and sold, according to a Dow press release on the plant.
Since petroleum coke, a byproduct of refining crude oil, typically is used as an inefficient low-energy fuel, the synthetic natural gas facility would be environmentally friendly by using the petroleum coke more efficiently, Moore said.
Walker said this facility would be cost-effective and extract more energy from petroleum coke.
“Instead of pulling a cubic foot of gas out of the ground, we will make a cubic foot of gas from something that will just be burned off,” Walker said.
An added benefit of the facility is the steam it would produce. Dow would reduce its carbon dioxide pollution by switching to the steam provided by the gasification facility, instead of steam produced on-site, Moore said.
“Using this steam will produce 300,000 metric tons less CO2, which will reduce Dow’s greenhouse gas emissions by 1 percent,” Moore said. “The gasification facility itself will not emit any CO2.”
Hunton Energy is a subsidiary of Houston- based Hunton Group, a residential heating and air conditioning company formed in 1981.
Hunton Energy was launched as a development company meant to capitalize on emerging technologies related to clean and affordable power, according to its Web site.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, stated in a press release he was excited about the prospect of the plant coming to Brazoria County.
Freeport LNG vice president Bill Henry said he was not concerned by the announcement of plans for the Hunton facility.
“Everyone’s looking at alternatives,” Henry said. “It’s all a matter of economics, and I don’t see in the long run how that facility is going to hinder our operations anyway. In the future, we’ll all need more gas.”
Though the gasification facility would be an important part of Dow Texas Operations, Dow still will rely on the Freeport LNG plant as a source for natural gas, Moore said.
“This new facility will provide Dow a more stable alternative for the future,” Moore said.
Hunter Sauls covers business and industry for The Facts. Contact him at (979) 237-0153.
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|From: Dennis Roth||12/14/2007 4:47:28 AM|
|Shell wins 16th coal gasification contract in China|
Dec. 14, 2007 (China Knowledge) – Shell signed a coal gasification contract of 600,000 tons methanol project with Hebi Coal Industry Group Co in Beijing on Dec. 12, sources reported.
The contract has won the government approval and becomes Shell's 16th contract on coal gasification technology in China.
Located in Hebi, Henan Province, the project is invested by Henan Zhongyuan Chemical Coal Industry Group Ltd, which was established by the former Hebi Coal Industry Group and Henan Zhongyuan Dahua Group. The latter is the 11th company which adopted Shell's coal gasification technology in China.
Shell has been promoting its coal gasification technology in China since November 2001, when it set up a joint venture with Sinopec<600028><386><SNP>, namely the Yueyang Sinopec-Shell Coal Gasification Co Ltd. Each company holds 50% stake in the joint venture.
Shell's local partners also include Shenhua Energy<601088><1088>, Datang International Power Generation<991>.
Meanwhile, Shell has set up a clean coal service center in a bid to better service its clients in China.
Copyright © 2007 www.chinaknowledge.com
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|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (788)||12/16/2007 6:35:12 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|German firm plans new-generation biodiesel plant|
Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:00pm GMT
HAMBURG, Dec 13 (Reuters) - German company Choren Industries is to build a biodiesel production plant using new second-generation technology at a cost of over 500 million euros, a company executive said on Thursday.
The plant will be located in Schwedt in east Germany and an announcement about the project will be made on Dec 18.
Choren will produce biodiesel from low cost waste materials in the second-generation biofuel production process called biomass to liquid (BTL).
The new plant will produce about 200,000 tonnes of BTL biodiesel annually. Construction could start in 2008 and production in late 2010.
Established first generation biodiesel producers largely use vegetable oils such as rapeseed, soyoil and palm oil.
As such agricultural raw materials are highly expensive and are also in high demand as food, some observers believe the second generation using cheaper waste vegetable raw materials presents better long term potential for biofuel production.
About one million tonnes of BTL raw material such as wood, wood chips and sawdust will be consumed annually by the new plant in Schwedt.
This would be the first of five 200,000 tonnes production units by which the company plans to raise its total output to around one million tonnes of BTL diesel by around 2015.
Choren's first major plant will start commercial-scale production in spring 2008 of 15,000 tonnes of BTL green diesel annually at Freiberg in east Germany using around 65,000 tonnes of wood and wood chips as raw material annually.
This plant would provide experience of the advanced technology at commercial production volumes.
Choren's production would be largely blended with fossil diesel. Schwedt is also a major centre of German fossil oil refining.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) plus German vehicles groups Volkswagen(VOWG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) and Daimler (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) are minority shareholders in Choren. (Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Peter Blackburn)
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|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (726)||12/17/2007 4:30:24 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|Coal-to-liquid project may start earlier|
Updated: 2007-12-17 11:26
With global oil prices now lingering near historical highs, it is likely that China's first coal-to-liquid (CTL) project will begin operation before the previously projected date of 2016, according to South Africa's Sasol, the world pioneer in commercial CTL technology. It is planning two giant projects in China.
"Once we have completed our studies, we will consider shortening the period (before operations begin)," says Lean Strauss, Sasol Group general manager. "We will bring the date forward."
He didn't give a new timetable, but the company's Beijing office said earlier the two projects might come online in 2013.
The company and its Chinese partner China Shenhua Group are now in the second phase of feasibility studies for the two projects, one in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province and the other in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Sasol began planning with Shenhua Group Co Ltd and Shenhua Ningxia Coal Ltd for the projects in 2004 and preliminary studies were finished at the end of 2005. According to earlier reports, the studies now underway will determine details of capital and feedstock costs, water supplies and market conditions, and will outline most of the major commercial and funding issues.
"China has the right conditions to become the second country in the world to develop CTL," Strauss says. Sasol commercialized CTL projects in its home country after building its first plant in 1955 and two more from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. Twenty-five percent of South African fuel is now derived from coal to power cars and airlines in the country.
"South Africa flies and drives on coal," Strauss says proudly.
Experts say that as world oil prices approach $100 a barrel, Sasol's projects look increasingly appealing to China, where coal is abundant and about half of oil consumed is imported from overseas.
The Chinese government has felt the pinch of soaring oil prices that climbed to more than $90 a barrel in November. Due to a price gap between the domestic and world oil markets, some major cities experienced gasoline shortages last month. The National Development and Reform Commission resorted to administrative measures to force China's two oil giants to meet the demand for gasoline.
Amid calls for China to build more strategic oil reserves to ensure energy security, Strauss believes China's coal reserves provide a significant strategic opportunity to improve both its energy security and self-sufficiency. The nation has about 1 trillion tons of explored coal reserves, ranking it third in the world.
But since they were first proposed, Sasol's projects in China have been controversial due to doubts about their energy efficiency and economic viability.
According to Strauss, the efficiency of coal to oil is around 40 percent with the remainder used to make other coal chemical products. The company is now researching how to improve efficiency.
Generally speaking, he says, at an oil price of $50 a barrel, the CTL process is commercially viable.
If oil is cheap, the CTL does not make economic sense, he says. But a growing thirst for oil and global competition for resources means CTL "is a strategic decision for a country to make".
Sasol's studies say that 15 CTL plants could replace almost 15 percent of China's fuel imports by 2020.
Its two projects are designed to produce 80,000 barrels of liquid fuel a day. Each plant is expected to cost $5 billion to $6 billion. Depending on coal quality, one CTL plant converts 13 to 19 million tons of coal annually.
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|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (702)||12/17/2007 4:47:25 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|Sherritt looks at impact and mitigation plans|
Sunday December 16, 2007
The consultation and assessment process is moving forward with the Dodds-Round Hill Coal Gasification Project. Kevin Drinkwater, director of marketing, and Nola Bietz, public consultation specialist, were in Camrose on Dec. 11, visiting various parties, including the county councillors.
"Our approach right from the start is to be out in the community as much as possible," said Drinkwater.
The environmental assessment impact reports are now finished and Sherritt introduced the findings during open house sessions. Sherritt is now applying the impacts to the facility that they are proposing. Their ultimate goal is to determine an overall impact report and a mitigation process for reclaiming the mined land.
"They are very complex and thorough studies," said Drinkwater. "But what I saw was encouraging."
Environmental experts are modeling the scenario and should wrap-up a procedure for mitigation by mid-February. So far, part of the plan is to keep the area of open mine to a minimum, so that as the mine moves forward, reclamation is takes place behind.
"There is still more work to be done," said Drinkwater. "It's a long process and we are still early on."
He estimates an 18-month period before any groundbreaking will begin. Once the mitigation process has been sorted out, an application must be made to the energy regulators, ERCB and AUC, which will happen around March.
After the applications are submitted, there will be a review and a question and answer period between Sherritt and the regulators. If approved, more public hearings will be held before sending a final proposal to the government. The entire process could take upwards of two to three years, but Drinkwater is hopeful.
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|To: Dennis Roth who wrote (306)||12/18/2007 5:44:05 AM|
|From: Dennis Roth|
|ExxonMobil's Methanol to Gasoline (MTG) Technology Selected for DKRW Advanced Fuels' Coal to Liquids Project|
3:13 PM EST December 17, 2007
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) announced today that its MTG technology for converting methanol to gasoline has been selected by DKRW Advanced Fuels (DKRW) as part of DKRW's coal to liquids (CTL) project in Medicine Bow, WY. Medicine Bow Fuel and Power LLC will be the owner and operator of the CTL project.
This approximate 15,000 barrel per calendar day unit will be based on commercially proven MTG technology which incorporates improvements since the technology was originally commercialized by ExxonMobil 20 years ago in New Zealand.
MTG converts crude methanol directly to low sulfur, low benzene gasoline that can be sold directly or blended with conventional refinery gasoline. Although the original application of the MTG technology processed methanol from natural gas, the same technology can be used for methanol from other sources such as coal, petcoke or biomass. The Medicine Bow project will gasify the coal, convert the synthetic gas to methanol, and then convert the methanol to gasoline via the MTG process. Conversion of coal to gasoline through gasification and methanol conversion is one way to significantly reduce the potential pollutants from coal, including the reduction of SOx emissions and the capture of CO2.
EMRE is the research and engineering arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company whose subsidiaries have operations in nearly 200 countries and territories. Additional information regarding ExxonMobil and technologies it licenses can be found at exxonmobil.com.
Medicine Bow Fuel and Power is owned by DKRW Advanced Fuels, a subsidiary of DKRW Energy. Arch Coal is a shareholder of Advanced Fuels. DKRW Advanced Fuels is focused on the conversion of lower priced hydrocarbons, such as coal, into competitively priced products. More information can be found at dkrwadvancedfuels.com.
Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Here's a presentation given Oct 17th in San Francisco on MTG.
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|From: Dennis Roth||12/18/2007 6:32:56 AM|
|Clean Fuels Catalyst Development Jumps on the Fast Track|
As part of a planned expansion of its research facilities, Oxford Catalysts has placed an order worth approximately €700,000 (US$1 million) with the German company Amtec for the purchase of two Spider16 high throughput screening reactors.
The first, due to be delivered at the end of February 2008 will be used to speed up the development of Oxford Catalysts’ catalysts for hydrodesulphurisation (HDS). The second, due to be delivered at the end of March 2008, will be used to further the development of catalysts for use in gas to liquid (GTL) and Fischer-Tropsch processes.
Catalyst screening is a time consuming process. Tests to assess the performance of each candidate FT or HDS catalyst generally take over a week. Each of the Spider reactors includes 16 individual continuous flow fixed bed reaction chambers.
The Spider16 reactors will help to dramatically reduce the development time required for new catalysts by making it possible to screen up to 16 candidate catalysts simultaneously.
Derek Atkinson, Business Development Director says:
“Developing new FT and HDS catalysts means we need to carry out hundreds of experiments. Because the Spider16 reactors will allow us to carry out many more experiments at the same time we will be able to do the screening work very much faster. Having these Spider16 rigs will allow us to cement our position as the leading catalyst technology company for clean fuels by ensuring we can bring our exciting and innovative solutions to the market place faster.
"We chose the Spider16 high throughput screening reactors because of Amtec's experience in designing these types of system, and its track record of successful on-time delivery, short delivery times, quick installation and start-up times and competitive pricing. But even more important was Amtec's ability to customise the equipment to meet our specific needs, and its flexible customer service capability."
Michael Krusche, Managing Director at Amtec GMbH says:
"We are delighted to be chosen to provide the microreactors that will help Oxford Catalysts to speed up development of its new FT and HDS catalysts, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that they are able to take full advantage of the technology our reactors can offer."
Nina Morgan | Quelle: alphagalileo
Weitere Informationen: oxfordcatalysts.com
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