Waste Management, Velocys, NRG, Ventech Form Renewables, Natgas-to-Fuels JV
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) First plant go/no-go expected in 2014; target: Oklahoma. Future expansion in North America, UK, China.
In Oklahoma, Velocys, Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International announced a joint venture to develop gas-to-liquids plants in the United States and other select geographies.
The JV will pursue the development of multiple plants utilising a combination of renewable biogas (including landfill gas) and natural gas. Waste Management intends to supply renewable gas and, in certain cases, project sites. All four members will work exclusively through the JV to pursue the intended application (GTL using renewable gas, optionally in conjunction with natural gas) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and China.
As its first commercial facility, the JV is targeting a plant to be located at Waste Management’s East Oak landfill site in Oklahoma, US. Detailed engineering for this first project is being completed, while final draft permitting documents for the facility have been submitted. The JV intends making a final decision to proceed on this first plant this year. Development activities for additional facilities are expected to commence shortly.
Capacity and target fuels and chemicals were not discussed by the project partners. • The Velocys process targets diesel and jet fuel; after upgrading, products can include lubricants, solvents, base oils and waxes as well as ultra-clean liquid fuels. The process also produces high temperature steam which can be used for district heating or to assist the initial gasification stage of the BTL process to enhance process efficiency, or to enhance project economics by integration with co-located refinery operations. READ MORE and MORE (Houston Business Journal)