06 September 2012 21:18 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US refiner Calumet Specialty Products Partners plans to expand its Pennsylvania facility to include a 1,000 bbl/day gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, the company said on Thursday.
The entire Karns City plant in Pennsylvania will be constructed as truckable modules at engineering specialists Ventech Engineers’ fabrication facility in Pasadena, Texas, and transported to Calumet’s Karns City site.
Calumet commissioned Ventech for the project and will utilise the company’s design and technology.
The plant design is expected to be completed by late 2012, followed by site specific engineering and a decision to commence fabrication in the first half of 2013, Calumet said. Production is currently expected to begin in the second half of 2014.
“Converting natural gas into ultra-high quality feedstock through GTL will reduce our costs, increase security of supply and improve product quality,” said Calumet’s vice chairman and CEO Bill Grube.
The Karns City plant produces white mineral oils, petrolatums and aliphatic solvents.
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