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US refiner to launch first ever US GTL facility

20th September 2012

Calumet eyes 1,000 barrels per day GTL plant project to add to its existing lube oil plant in Karns City

US refiner to launch first ever US GTL facility
GTL production could start in Q3 or Q4 2014, according to Calumet

A US refiner and processor of hydrocarbon products is looking to add a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant to its specialty products plant, it emerged this month. The addition is reportedly the first of its kind in North America.

Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is considering adding a 1,000 barrels per day GTL plant to its Karns City, Pennsylvania specialty products plant, the US firm announced this month.

US firm Ventech Engineers International LLC will design and construct the facility as transportable modules at their own plant in southeast Texas, and deliver it to Karns City for installation.

Danish catalyst company Haldor Topsoe Inc will provide Calumet with an autothermal reformer (ATR) to convert natural gas into synthesis gas, a blend of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.

Velocys Inc from the UK-based Oxford Catalysts Group PLC will pitch in its Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology. The synthesis gas will move through the FT process and be converted into long-chain hydrocarbons, such as paraffins, naphthenes and aromatic compounds.

Plant design is to be completed by late this year, followed by site engineering and a decision to begin building in Q1 or Q2 2013. GTL production could start in Q3 or Q4 2014, according to Calumet.

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