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Foster Wheeler to implement SNG pilot plant in China

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Foster Wheeler AG has announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has signed a cooperation agreement with Clariant International AG and Wison Engineering Ltd to build a pilot plant to demonstrate Foster Wheeler’s VESTA substitute natural gas (SNG) technology.

The pilot plant is to be constructed in China and is due to come onstream during 2013. Wison Engineering will provide engineering and construction services to the plant, and Wison Engineering will supply the proprietary developed catalyst.

The plant is to be operated by Wison Engineering and a cooperation agreement sets out the framework for long term cooperation to deliver and build methanation plants in China based on VESTA technology.

VESTA technology produces SNG from synthesis gas obtained from the gasification of either coal or petroleum coke. The VESTA technology is based on once through operation with no recirculation, enabling the avoidance of costly compressors. The technology is based on a maximum operating temperature of 550 °C, avoiding metal dusting formation and enabling simpler reactors to be used.

Adapted from press releases by Emma McAleavey.

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