CGTL, Sumitomo form gas processing partnership

CompactGTL has partnered with Sumitomo Precision Products for reactors to fit CGTL’s associated gas conversion process, which can be applied offshore.

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LONDON -- CompactGTL (CGTL) has partnered with Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) for reactors to fit CGTL’s associated gas conversion process, which can be applied offshore.

SPP will construct all reactor modules required by CGTL for this process. Trading company Sumisho Machinery Trade Corp, owned by Sumitomo Corp., is also a partner under the agreement.

Manufacturing of commercial scale compact reactor modules should start early next year at SPP’s Amagasaki plant, near Osaka. SPP will provide CGTL with steam methane reformer (SMR) units for syngas production and Fischer Tropsch reactors for the conversion of syngas into syncrude. Catalysts for the reactors will be manufactured by specialist suppliers under separate agreements, then incorporated into the reactors in Japan.

The companies have been cooperating to develop the reactor designs, and demonstration units manufactured by SPP have been tested at CGTL’s pilot syncrude plant in Wilton, UK. CGTL says the tests have proven that the process is viable, and also that the system can handle feed gases containing up to 35% CO2 without plant modification.

03/17/2010

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