Dow, partner plan Texas gasification project

13 December 2007 17:04  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical and partner Hunton Energy are planning a petroleum coke gasification facility in Freeport, Texas, to help diversify Dow’s energy and feedstock sources, the US chemicals major said on Thursday.


Dow had entered into a memorandum of understanding with Hunton to draft definitive agreements for the project, it said.


Hunton would build, own and operate the facility at Dow’s Oyster Creek property while Dow would purchase the unit’s synthetic natural gas and steam for its operations at Freeport.


The facility would make syngas by reacting pure oxygen with petroleum coke and biomass such as wood chips and rice hulls, Dow said.


The syngas would be converted into synthetic natural gas and three byproducts including liquid sulphur, high purity carbon dioxide (CO2) and slag.


The sulphur would be sold to fertilizer manufacturers while the slag would be sold as concrete aggregate and other construction products.


The CO2 would be captured and compressed to be sold for enhanced oil recovery use, a process that uses CO2 to increase oil production from older fields, Dow said.


Dow did not disclose capacities, timelines for construction and start-up, or financial terms.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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