Siluria Technologies has unveiled a first-of-its-kind
development unit for producing liquid fuels from natural gas,
based on Siluria's proprietary oxidative coupling of methane
(OCM) and ethylene-to-liquid (ETL) technologies.
The announcement was made during a ceremony this week at
Siluria's new facility in Hayward, California, which began
operations in November 2013.
"The successful scale-up of a commercially-ready process for
producing fuels from natural gas represents another key
milestone in our strategy," said Siluria CEO Ed Dineen. "We
have already demonstrated how our technology
can be employed to
produce gasoline, an achievement that paves the way for first
producing liquid fuels
in the 2017 timeframe."
Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony was US Congressman Eric
Swalwell of California's 15th District, Hayward Mayor Michael
Sweeney and other local officials.
"Siluria Technologies is performing innovative work to enable
the production of cleaner transportation fuels by taking
advantage of our nation's abundant natural gas and renewable
methane," said Congressman Swalwell. "This is exciting technology
that can help create
jobs, bolster our energy independence and benefit the environment
Siluria's OCM and ETL technologies form a process for
transforming methane -- the principle ingredient in natural
gas and renewable methane -- into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel
and other liquid fuels. Unlike many of the high-temperature,
high-pressure cracking processes used to produce fuels and
chemicals, Siluria's process employs catalytic processes to
create longer-chain, higher-value materials, thereby lowering
operating costs and capital.
At commercial scale, Siluria's process will enable refiners
and fuel manufacturers to produce transportation fuels that
cost considerably less than modern petroleum-based fuels,
while reducing overall emissions
of NOx, sulfur and
particulate matter, according to the company. Siluria adds
that fuels made with its processes are also compatible with
existing vehicles, pipelines and other infrastructure and can
be integrated into global supply chains.
Earlier this year, Siluria announced that it will build an
OCM demonstration plant at Braskem's site in La Porte, Texas.
Braskem is one of the leading producers of ethylene and
plastics in the Americas. Siluria and Braskem have also
entered into a relationship to explore commercialization of
this technology. The OCM demonstration plant will begin
operations later this year.
Siluria says its Hayward ETL facility and the La Porte OCM
demonstration plant are the last scale-up steps prior to full
commercialization of Siluria's technology platform.
Siluria notes that it plans to deploy its technology
in a range of
commercial settings, including existing ethylene producing
plants, at ethylene consuming sites, upstream gas
monetization, natural gas midstream plants, as well as