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Microchannel GTL chosen for use in speciality petroleum-products facility  

By Gerald Ondrey |

A modular gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant incorporating Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology developed by Velocys, Inc. (Plain City, Ohio; www.velocys.com), the U.S.-based subsidiary of the Oxford Catalysts Group (Abingdon, U.K.; www.oxfordcatalysts.com), has been chosen by Calumet Specialty Product Partners, L.P., major U.S.-based producer of speciality petroleum products, for use in the expansion of Calumet’s Karns City, Pa. facility. The modular GTL plant, with a nominal capacity of 1,000 bbl/d, will produce very pure paraffinic hydrocarbons. These can be used to manufacture a range of ultra-high quality products, including food grade waxes, cosmetics and lubricants. The raw material for these products is typically derived from the waxy portion of crude oil via normal refining operations. However, high oil prices mean that this feedstock is increasingly expensive. The use of FT waxes produced via GTL will enable Calumet to take advantage of abundant of low-cost American natural gas to produce an ultra-high quality feedstock. The modular GTL plant, which will also include autothermal reformer (ATR) gasification technology from Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com), will be designed by Ventech Engineers LLC and constructed…
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