Marcellus to have its first methanol and first GTL plant by 2017

STG+™ building
Source: Primus Green Energy website

Primus Green Energy Inc., announced yesterday plans to develop and deliver its 160MT/day methanol plant to a manufacturing site in the Marcellus shale region. The plant, which is slated to begin regional production in 2017, will be the first methanol plant and first gas-to-liquids plant in the Marcellus — two significant firsts for a region that is arguably the largest gas play in the United States. The plant is expected to ultimately increase its capacity to to 640MT/day after three additional trains are put into operation in the next several years.

Primus’ standardized modular GTL systems will convert low-cost Marcellus feedstock into methanol locally, thus saving its clients in the region both production and transportation costs. As a result, the systems are cost-competitive with the world-class methanol plants located on the Gulf Coast of the United States and in international markets. The company plans to deliver up to four additional methanol plants in other North American regional markets with capacities ranging from 160 MT per day to 640 MT per day, which will follow its low-cost standardized design and facilitate local production.

“The launch of our North American methanol plant in the Marcellus and additional commercial builds to follow for our clients globally demonstrate how Primus’ standardized, modularized STG+ solutions can provide world-class economics in smaller distributed plants,” said Sam Golan, chief executive officer of Primus Green Energy. “In North America specifically, our technology offers clients a politically-stable, cost-effective avenue for local methanol and gasoline production, and we look forward to continuing to provide the industry with this domestic solution.”

Primus’ STG+™ technology can use a range of natural gas feedstocks, including wellhead and pipeline gas, dry or wet associated gas, “stranded” ethane, excess syngas from underutilized reformers or mixed natural gas liquids. The systems’ stranded and associated gas applications offer an ideal solution to the lack of traditional natural gas pipeline infrastructure in remote locations, enabling the monetization of gas that would otherwise be stranded or flared. The low-cost, modular systems can be trucked in and assembled onsite for easy deployment.

The Primus STG+™methanol and gasoline solutions are being developed in multiple projects across North America, Asia and the Middle East. By comparison with other GTL technologies, the process holds many key advantages, including record low capital and operating costs, high liquid product quality, zero wastewater, unmatched process simplicity and one of the best conversion yields on the market. These advantages result in STG+™ technology being uniquely economical at all scales, starting at as small as 100,000 Nm3 (5 million scf) per day of feed gas.

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