TWD Technologies has been selected by
Great Lakes Biodiesel to build what is said to
be Canadas largest biodiesel plant. It is scheduled to be
operational by the autumn of 2012.
TWD is providing full engineering, procurement and construction management for the
plant, which is to be located in Welland, Ontario.
The new Great Lakes Biodiesel plant will produce ASTM
6751-quality biodiesel made primarily from Canadian vegetable
oils, such as canola and soybean. When completed, the plant
will have the capacity to produce 170 million liters/yr of
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.
(EMRE) has a licensing agreement with Sundrop Fuels
Inc. for EMREs methanol to gasoline (MTG)
technology. Sundrop Fuels will apply the technology at its planned biomass
fuels plant near Alexandria, Louisiana. The biomass complex
will gasify forest waste, supplemented with hydrogen produced
from natural gas, to make synthesis gas. The syngas then will
be converted to methanol and fed into the MTG process producing
3,500 bpcd of renewable gasoline.
The MTG process converts crude methanol directly into low-sulfur,
low-benzene gasoline. Although the original application of the
MTG technology processed methanol from
natural gas, the same technology can be used for methanol from other sources, such as
coal, petcoke and biomass.
Petroplex International, LLC, has launched
the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study of a
state-of-the-art bulk liquids terminal facility in St. James
Petroplex, which is backed by a consortium including
Macquarie Group, through its Macquarie Capital
division, Quanta Services Inc. and individual
investor Mr. Harley Franco, CEO and founder of Harley Marine
Services Inc., announced that QPS Engineering,
LLC, a division of Quanta Services, will lead the projects design and
engineering work, and Verwater B.V. will
provide specialist engineering advice on the storage tanks. The
storage and distribution terminal will include a unit-train
facility, barge and ship dock, truck racks and pipeline, and
will be designed and tailored to client specifications.
The projects major construction work is expected to
begin after the close of construction financing in the first
half of 2013. Commercial operations are scheduled during 2014.