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Nacero selects Topsoes TIGAS technology for natural gas-to-gasoline plant

April 02/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Nacero has signed agreements with Haldor Topsoe for basic engineering and license for a planned natural-gas-to-gasoline facility in Casa Grande, Arizona, with a capacity of 35,000 barrels-per-day of finished gasoline. Pending final investment decision, Topsoe will also supply proprietary hardware, catalysts, and services, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plant will use Topsoe’s proven TIGAS™ gas-to-gasoline technology to produce clean, high-value gasoline from low-cost natural gas. The gasoline meets local quality specifications. In May 2019, the world’s first TIGAS™ natural gas-to-gasoline plant started production of 15,500 barrels-per-day of gasoline in Turkmenistan. This is the only large-scale natural gas-to-gasoline plant in the world. The owner and operator is Turkmengas, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Ronesans were EPC contractors.

Gasoline from TIGAS™ is free of sulfur, cost-competitive, and seamlessly replaces traditional gasoline in car engines. The TIGAS™ process utilizes large amounts of natural gas, which today is often vented or flared, and converts the gas into a useful product.

"By making an environmentally superior gasoline from natural gas rather than crude oil, Nacero will enable drivers to keep their cars and help the planet. Using existing vehicles, markets, infrastructure, and proven technology affords Nacero the opportunity to quickly and predictably create meaningful benefits at worldclass scale," says Jay McKenna, CEO, Nacero.

Nacero selected Haldor Topsoe and TIGAS™ after careful consideration of competing technologies. A highly influential factor was that the TIGAS™ technology is industry-proven and backed by a strong commitment from Topsoe. Topsoe initially developed the TIGAS™ technology and catalysts in the late 1970’s and has continuously improved the solution through an extensive R&D program for over 40 years.

“We are proud that Nacero has made TIGAS™ their technology of choice in their ambitious plan to bring gasoline security and jobs to Arizona. This cutting-edge technology will help communities and producers monetize natural gas resources, and reduce imports by producing high-quality gasoline locally,” says Kim Knudsen, Executive Vice President, Haldor Topsoe.

As MRC informed earlier, Gaz Sintez has nominated Haldor Topsoe as licensor of its methanol plant in the Leningrad Region, Russia. The plant will produce 1.6 million tons per year of ÀÀ grade methanol based on Topsoe’s SynCOR Methanol™ technology. Gaz Sintez is developing the methanol plant project at the port of Vysotsk in the Leningrad Region of Russia. As announced earlier, Hyundai Engineering has started the development of the FEED-package, and NIIK has been awarded the Russian general designer contract. The plant is expected to be completed in 2023.

In January 2020, Topsoe announced the official opening of the world’s only natural gas-to-gasoline complex in Turkmenistan. The complex includes the world’s largest methanol plant based on autothermal reforming (ATR), using Topsoe’s SynCOR Methanol solution, with methanol production capacity of 5225 MTPD.

We remind that, as MRC wrote previously, the sale of polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from a new gas chemical complex began in the export trades of the State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan on 3 September, 2018. The new gas chemical complex for production of HDPE and PP with the capacity of 386,000 tonnes/year and 81,000 tonnes/year, respectively, was built by the consortium TOYO Engineering (Japan) and LG and Hyundai (South Korea). The total cost of the project was about USD3.4 billions.

TIGAS™ comprises Topsoe’s proprietary and widely used SynCOR Methanol™ technology that secures exceptional economy of scale. The Nacero plant will produce more than 10,000 metric tons per day (MTPD) of methanol, which is further processed to gasoline. The only byproduct from the process is purified water which is a valuable resource in the dry area. The TIGAS™ process has a very high carbon efficiency, and the Nacero facility will have the flexibility to meet various specifications and grades of gasoline.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, crude oil, PP, PE.
Category:General News
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