Gas-to-Liquids demonstration plant progresses in Brazil

Source: Oxford Catalysts Group

Technology innovator for synthetic oil production, Oxford Catalysts Group PLC reported that its Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) demonstration plant has recently arrived in Fortaleza, Brazil following the timely completion of its construction in Asia last year.

The integrated GTL demonstration plant incorporates the Group's proprietary microchannel reactor and catalyst technologies for the key Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) and Fischer-Tropsch (FT) steps of the GTL process. The demonstration is fully funded and managed by the Group's partners Toyo Engineering Corporation and MODEC, Inc., in collaboration with the Brazilian national oil company Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), which is hosting the demonstration at its Lubnor refinery in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The GTL plant will be reassembled at the demonstration site, and will then progress to the pre-commissioning and commissioning stages. These are expected to be completed within four months. The demonstration plant is scheduled to start up in September, subject to successful commissioning and availability of the required utilities from Petrobras. Following start up, the demonstration will operate for approximately nine months.

"This project at Petrobras is an important early demonstration of the Group's technology for GTL with one of the world's largest users of FPSOs,” said Roy Lipski, CEO of Oxford Catalysts. “Not only could it stimulate adoption of our products in the offshore market, but could also pave the way for early deployment in the larger onshore market."

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