Calumet Specialty Products plans to expand its Karns City
specialty products facility in Pennsylvania to include a
nominal 1,000 bpd gas-to-liquids plant, the company said on
Calumet has commissioned Ventech Engineers, specialists in
modular petroleum processing plants, to design and deliver the
GTL plant utilizing an autothermal reformer (ATR) from Haldor
Topsoe and Fischer-Tropsch technology from Velocys.
Haldor Topsoes ATR is an established technology for reforming natural gas
into synthesis gas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
In the GTL plant, this synthesis gas will be routed through
the Velocys FT process for conversion into long chain
Velocys is a leading developer of microchannel process technology for synthetic fuels
The entire plant will be constructed as truckable modules at
Ventech's fabrication facility in Pasadena, Texas, and then
transported to Calumet's site in Karns City for rapid
installation and interconnection with the existing refining facility.
The plant design is expected to be completed by late 2012,
followed by site-specific engineering and a decision to
commence fabrication in the first half of 2013.
Production is currently expected to begin in the second half
Converting natural gas into ultra-high quality feedstock through GTL will reduce
our costs, increase security of supply and improve product
quality. We are excited to be considering this project for our Karns City facility
because it will help us further utilize our current specialty
product assets, said Calumet CEO Bill Grube.