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08.01.2012  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [biodiesel] [gasoline] [engineering] [liquids terminal] [methanol] [natural gas]

TWD Technologies has been selected by Great Lakes Biodiesel to build what is said to be Canada’s 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 biodiesel.

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE) has a licensing agreement with Sundrop Fuels Inc. for EMRE’s 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 Parish, Louisiana.

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 project’s 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 project’s 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. HP

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