EmberClear finishes technical study on Mississippi gas-to-liquids proposal

EmberClear has completed the technical feasibility study for a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project proposal in Natchez, Mississippi, the company said on Tuesday. 

It is anticipated that if the project proceeds, it will be capable of producing 4,000 tpd of methanol or 14,000 bpd of gasoline.

This project's proximity to competitively-priced sources of natural gas and the Gulf Coast petrochemical hub creates the potential for attractive pricing, efficient access to markets and multiple modes of transportation, according to the company.

"It is our intent to take advantage of the recently available long-term natural gas contracts and address the desire for more domestic energy," said Nick Cohen, chief operating officer. "The USA may continue to import oil for decades, but facilities like ours could potentially reduce such imports while providing lower cost energy."

EmberClear noted that it has access to an 800-acre site along the Mississippi River.

"This site is served by American Midstream's Midla pipeline system that intersects three interstate gas pipelines providing us with the option to source gas from virtually anywhere in Texas and Louisiana, as well as parts of Oklahoma," said Cohen.

"The site also provides access to the power grid, the Natchez Port facility, a statewide rail system, and a 40 million gallon per day water treatment facility operated by the City of Natchez.

The previously announced Swatara property in northeastern Pennsylvania is also being evaluated by the company for a natural gas-to-liquids project.

That site is in close proximity to existing natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region and also has rail-to-port access and a gasoline pipeline that connects to a distribution center in the region.

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