Optimation Partners with Gas Technologies to Fabricate Methane-to-Methanol Plants

Posted by Bill Pollock on Oct 17, 2017 3:00:48 PM


Gas Technologies LLC. located in Walloon Lake, MI. has an NGL production facility set up in North Dakota and they are producing NGLs.  Present production is at the rate of 600 mscfd. They anticipate a ramp-up of this rate by year-end and will shortly set up an adjacent Mini-GTL plant at the North Dakota site. Their goal is to change the world of gas flaring by making a huge reduction in the amount of gas flared.

Gas Technologies LLC. Is deeply engaged in finding cost-effective ways to convert natural gas (e.g., any source of methane) to liquid fuels. They have granted the exclusive license to their subsidiary GasTechno Energy & Fuels (USA) LLC (“GEF”). GEF will offer two commercial options to customers. The first is to purchase the flared or stranded gas from the producer, and operate these plants as a service under their DBOOM model (Design, Build, Own & Operate). The second option is to offer a Joint Venture where both GEF and the operator customer share in the cost of DBOOM. GEF has an established relationship with SEI, Inc. and Emerson to handle site installation, operations, maintenance and plant services.

This technology opens the door for competition for many small and medium sized energy companies. The GasTechno® process is a non-catalytic gas-to-liquids technology that converts methane to methanol in one step. It is designed to monetize small scale sources of stranded gas from 50 thousand standard cubic feet per day (mscfd) to 30 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd); a niche market representing 80% of the global stranded and flared gas market.

Because GasTechno is catalyst-free, it can process a wide range of off-spec feed gases without costly pre-treatment. In almost all cases, from gas produced at biodigesters and landfills to associated gas flared at oil wells, the process accepts methane feedstock "as is.” Traditionally, natural gas is reformed into syngas, and then further converted into methanol and other liquid chemicals or fuels. These other processes are complex and require high-maintenance catalysts and massive economies of scale to be profitable. Most flared gas and methane sources are simply too small to apply syngas technologies. For these applications, the GasTechno® process is presently the only option.

GasTechno deployed its first commercial-scale gas-to-liquids plant in July 2016. The plant has the ability to handle peak initial production and off-spec gases with high percentages of inert compounds straight from the wellhead.  Gas Technologies CEO Walter Breidenstein is very pleased with all the plant results to date.

In an effort to expedite the manufacturing, GasTechno® has formed a partnership with Optimation Technology to build Mini-GTL® plants for them. Optimation is carrying out construction of Mini-GTL® skids. The units built at Optimation are fabricated to fit into 50-foot-by-10-foot shipping containers. At Optimation we are excited about the technology. We have been heavily engaged in the oil and gas industryin the past and were impacted when the price of oil collapsed and exploration for new wells were curtailed. This new partnership with Gas Technologies has enabled us to re-enter the oil & gas market in a new environmentally friendly, cost-effective space that will save producers money and generate a rapid return of their capital investments.

Topics: Skid Systems, Oil and Gas Industry, Energy

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