Black & Veatch and Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. (EFT) have signed a broad Cooperation Agreement to improve the speed to market of alternative/renewable transportation fuel projects worldwide.
The companies will aim to enable an easier, faster, cost effective and reliable path to implementation of gas to liquids (GTL) projects. The agreement also covers projects that use a variety of other feedstocks, including municipal solid waste (MSW), biomass and coal, often referred to as XTL.
The agreement combines EFT innovations with Black & Veatch's global capabilities in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).
Under the Agreement, Black & Veatch will also apply its expertise in modular and skid mounted design and standardsation to develop and implement packaged designs for small-scale GTL plants and XTL plants.
George Gruber, Vice President of Technology at Black & Veatch, said the companies also identified several cost and efficiency benefits from combining Black & Veatch's proprietary gas processing (PRICO-C2™, PRICO-NGL®, and LPG-PLUS™) and PRICO® LNG based technologies with the EFT platform.
EFT's proprietary Advanced Fixed Bed (AFB) Fischer-Tropsch reactor/catalyst system can be applied to synthesis gas made from virtually any carbon-based feedstock. The company's product upgrading technologies produce a wide range of products. These include pumpable synthetic crude oil to high quality Group III+ base oils, as well as a wide variety of transportation fuels.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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