(2008 – present)
Flambeau River Biofuels (Park Falls, Wisconsin)
The United States Department of Energy is supporting Flambeau River Papers (Park Falls, WI) in the development of a biomass-to-liquids project to gasify woody biomass into synthesis gas (comprising of carbon monoxide and hydrogen). A subsequent Fischer-Tropsch process will convert the synthesis gas into premium distillate fuels and high-value specialty products (combined production—1,000 barrels per day). The overall total installed capital (TIC) for the project is estimated at $250 - $300 MM. This project utilizes the ThermoChem Recovery International Pulse-enhanced Gasification Process. Scale-up for this project was conducted via a demonstration-scale facility located at the C2L facility of Southern Research Institute (SRI) in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. This demonstration facility is currently in operations and EFT is providing ongoing support. Specifically, EFT is providing engineering, mass and energy integration, FT catalyst, procurement, construction, analysis, and operations support for the demonstration project. EFT is also providing technology consulting support for both the demonstration facility, as well as the full-scale design. Focus area for EFT is the Fischer-Tropsch process. The 1,000 barrel per day project is currently nearing completion of Front-end Loading (FEL) engineering and cost study (cost estimate with a level of confidence (LOC) of +/- 10%). EFT is working with the owner, as well as the prime engineering contractor (AMEC) on this FEL exercise. Following FEL, EFT will be providing a detailed engineering package that is slated for completion by the end of 2011.
(2008 – present)
New Page Corporation (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
New Page Corporation is working with the DOE on a BTL facility in order to gasify woody biomass into synthesis gas. The synthesis gas is then converted to value-added fuels and specialty products incorporating FT synthesis. Similar to the above project (design and scope), the New Page facility is estimated to cost (TIC) about $100 MM and will produce about 500 barrels per day of combined fuels and specialty products. This project also utilizes the gasification technology provided by TRI, as well as the demonstration facility at SRI. EFT’s roles for this project are very similar to the above Flambeau River project. The project is currently nearing completion of FEL (+/- 10% LOC) and is expected to proceed to detailed engineering by the second half of 2011.
(2008 – present)
Confidential Project I
EFT is working directly with a commercial-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility owner to evaluate FT catalyst performance (activation, reduction, operating procedures, etc.) and provide critical path operational data. The FT catalyst performance data is obtained from an EFT scale-up FT reactor, located at the lab facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additionally, EFT is designing the control loop architecture; start-up; normal operations; and normal shut-down procedures for the FT process, as well as the emergency shut-down procedures for the entire facility. The client has had several members of their operations staff visit the EFT Lab in Tulsa to familiarize themselves with FT reactor operations, as well as steady state and transient modeling of the entire process facility. This commercial GTL facility is schedule to begin operations in 2012.
(2009 – present)
Confidential Project II
EFT is working directly with a Fortune 500 company for the purpose of providing engineering, technology and project consulting support of potentially several gas-to-liquids (GTL) facilities to be located in the continental United States. The resource approach for these projects is novel compared to traditional stranded natural gas-to-liquids approaches. EFT has conducted engineering (“pre-FEED”, +/- 30% LOC) and will provide several process model evaluations to optimize conversion efficiency (inlet hydrocarbon feed to desired end products), catalyst testing (evaluation of commercially available FT and product upgrading catalysts), technology support, consulting services, etc. for this client.
…other project descriptions can be made available upon request