Greyrock Energy, Inc. has announced a final investment decision by the Rocky Mountain GTL board of directors to proceed with the construction of a commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant 60 km east of Calgary, Alberta. The plant will be called the Caseland Enhanced GTL (EGTLTM) project.
The EGTL project will use Greyrock's Direct Fuel Production system and GreyCat catalyst. It will also include enhancements by Expander Energy Inc.
The plant will use natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) as feedstocks. Products produced will include a synthetic diesel fuel and naphtha. The diesel fuel is a premium product that has ultra-high cetane, zero sulfur, and good lubricity. In addition, the liquid fuel products produced are clean burning and can be used in existing diesel engines.
"Greyrock congratulates the Rocky Mountain GTL team on completing their fundraise and kicking off construction of the plant," said Robert Schuetzle, CEO of Greyrock. "Production of synthetic fuel products from alternative resources, including natural gas, NGLs, flare gas, CO2, biomass and other resources is the important step in the evolution of petroleum based fuels to fuels that are cleaner burning and with an improved carbon footprint."
A recent study by Greyrock and partners concluded that particulate matter (PM) emissions from vehicles could be reduced by approximately 19% by simply blending 20% synthetic diesel with currently available diesel. This improvement can be accomplished with no changes to the current vehicle fleet, no material changes to infrastructure and no involvement by the consumer. Other benefits from a 20% fuel blend include reductions in carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and methane (CH4) emissions by a projected 24%, 5.5%, and 11%, respectively.