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Toyo, Modec and Petrobras cooperate to verify small- and medium-scale GTL plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

 Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; www.toyo-eng.co.jp) and Modec, Inc. (both Tokyo, Japan; www.modec.com), which have been working together since November 2007 on the development of small- and medium-scale GTL, concluded a cooperation agreement with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras; www2.petrobras.com.br) to construct a verification facility. The verification plant of the new GTL process uses the microchannel reactor, the basic patent of which is held by Velocys Inc., (Plain City, Ohio; www.velocys.com), and will be constructed within the Petrobras refinery, located in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Construction is due to finish at the beginning of 2011 when the verification operation will take place, and data will be collected for designing commercial plants. The new GTL process will enter the phase of commercialization by the end of 2011. Petrobras will cooperate with the verification test in order to increase oil production by liquefying gas produced from the offshore crude oil production and natural gas in gas fields located in remote areas within Brazil through the GTL. In addition, the microchannel reactor is produced with the cooperation of Kobe Steel, Ltd. (Tokyo; www.kobelco.co.jp).   Toyo is an engineering company with…
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