Maverick, Petrostar form Canadian GTL venture for methane-to-methanol

Maverick Synfuels and Petrostar Petroleum have teamed up to form Maverick Northstar, a joint venture to facilitate the deployment and operation of gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. 

The small-scale modular plants will utilize and promote technology that converts a methane-rich feedstock, such as natural gas, flare gas and biogas, into high-quality methanol, which offers new possibilities for synthetic chemicals and fuel production in Canada’s methane-rich prairie provinces.

Much of the methane in Western Canada is found in remote oil and gas fields where traditional distribution is not economically viable due to infrastructure choke points and discounted gas rates. Maverick’s modular production platform offers the first small-scale solution that can be co-located at the source of the methane. 

The platform converts methane and higher hydrocarbons into methanol that can be used on-site or transported to larger facilities nearby for conversion into higher value products such as ultra-clean synthetic fuels and chemicals.

Converting methane gas to methanol liquid is one component of Maverick’s “spoke and hub” distributed production strategy that builds on Maverick’s patented Olefinity technology. Methanol produced at small-scale GTL plants (spokes) located at the waste gas source is easily transportable to larger “hub” facilities, where it can be converted to higher-value products such as clean transportation fuels including dimethyl ether, diesel and jet fuel, or specialty chemicals like propylene using Maverick’s olefins based processes.

“We are very pleased with opportunity to co-develop and operate the joint venture entity with Maverick, said Petrostar CEO R. Mackenzie Loree. “We are looking forward to continuing the development and optimization of our existing properties within our proposed business arrangement.”

This approach significantly reduces capital requirements for converting low-value feedstocks such as waste methane into higher value products.

“We are delighted to be working with the Petrostar team on this important venture,” said Sam Yenne, CEO of Maverick. “Maverick Northstar accelerates the deployment of Maverick’s commercialization strategy and taps into the vast methane reserves located in Western Canada. Methanol production will unlock the economic value of these natural gas reserves.”

Maverick has contracted with Plant Process Equipment (League City, Texas) to manufacture and sell small-scale gas-to-liquids plants (GTL). These modular plants are mounted on skids and can be quickly transported and installed remotely, even in difficult-to-access terrain. The plants can produce up to 10,000 gal/day of methanol from methane-rich waste gas, or natural gas sources.

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