While the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) process for gas-to-liquid production has been around for a long time, it has been gaining attention in the last few years as a process to create a cleaner, high performance fuel with a lower Carbon Intensity rating than typical Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD).
Feedstock is the first step in the F-T process for creating synthetic diesel.
“[Our] GTL plant uses natural gas and/or natural gas liquids as its primary feedstock. Alternately, our synthetic fuels can be manufactured from any carbon rich material such as natural gas, biomass, forestry waste, municipal solid waste (MSW), bitumen residual and asphaltene/petcoke. Expander does not use food source feedstocks.”
In November 2016, SynStream and Expander released news that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with an Alberta based feedstock provider.
The bulk of the feedstock will be methane and propane, with the balance comprised of other natural gas liquids and will be entirely sourced from a natural gas plant near Carseland, AB. The majority of the feedstock will be from products that have extremely low market offtake values in both the short and medium term. All feedstock will be sourced from Alberta and will be transformed into premium, clean burning, zero sulfur synthetic diesel compatible with existing engines, infrastructure, and suitable for blending to obtain higher cetane diesel blends.
SynStream Energy Corp. (TSX.V: SHM) aims to become a key player in reducing Canada’s carbon footprint. They have partnered with Expander Energy to participate in the commissioning of North America’s first commercial, small-scale, gas-to-liquids plant.
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