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Primus announces FEED study for new gas-to-gasoline plant

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Primus Green Energy Inc. has announced that, along with a global petrochemical company as a joint venture partner, it has commissioned a front end engineering and design (FEED) study with IHI E&C International Corp. (IHI E&C) for a first of its kind natural gas-to-gasoline plant in Texas.

The proposed joint venture plant will be a scaled-up version of Primus’s demonstration plant in New Jersey, which has safely and successfully produced methanol and gasoline. Underpinning the project is Primus’s patented STG+TM technology, which has been validated through over 10 000 hours of operation. The Texas plant will consume 28 million ft3/d of natural gas and produce 2800 bpd of gasoline.

“Primus is pleased to join forces with a strategic, large partner with significant experience in natural gas derivatives”, said Steven Murray, CEO of Primus. “We expect to follow this first project with several others in North America and prospectively worldwide.”

IHI E&C is an experienced contractor with directly relevant past projects in gas-to-liquids (GTL) and steam methane reforming technology. “We are enthusiastic to participate in the much needed innovation to the gas value chain and look forward to working with such an accomplished team”, said Chris Celano, CEO of IHI E&C.

Koch Modular Process Systems has collaborated with Primus over the past number of years in the optimisation of this technology. “We are excited to be in a position to continue our working relationship with Primus”, said George Schlowsky, President of Koch Modular.

The FEED study is expected to conclude mid-2020.

“As more and more companies focus on climate change and ESG in general we feel the time to apply this technology has never been better”, said Murray. “Primus’s strategy is to build practical environmental solutions for natural gas that is currently being flared or otherwise wasted. This project enables us to commercially demonstrate our technology, while opening the door for a range of future projects that support sustainability and zero routine flaring initiatives.”

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