Oxford Catalysts Group

OCG SpeedRead

January 2012

Happy New Year and welcome to SpeedRead, a quarterly email bulletin reporting on news and activities at Oxford Catalysts and Velocys.

Our company enters 2012 on a roll. We recently sold yet another Fischer-Tropsch reactor charged with superactive catalyst, but more importantly the energy industry continues to open its mind (and pocketbook) to gas-to-liquids (GTL). In North America this continues to be driven by the historic spread between low-price natural gas and high-price oil. Another factor is the start-up of Shell’s enormous Pearl GTL plant in Qatar. While impressive, such world-scale plants can only be built near a limited number of giant gas resources. In contrast, our technology enables cost effective conversion of distributed resources, such as associated and flared gas, shale gas and biogas; localising production of fuels, creating wealth and bolstering energy security.

Roy Lipski, CEO

What's new?

Reactor and Catalyst Sale
We are pleased to announce an order for a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) product from a diversified energy company. The order is for a commercial scale 25 bbl/day FT unit to be delivered within two months. It will be installed and operated at one of the company’s existing facilities during the first part of 2012. The purchase is part of their worldwide strategy to pursue aggressively the production of synthetic oil through medium scale modular facilities. Successful operation of this initial FT unit will provide the detailed engineering data needed to design and build the first such commercial facility.

8,000 Hours Surpassed
For FT catalysts, especially those in fixed bed reactors, like ours, catalyst life is an important economic driver. This is due both to the cost of the catalyst and the time required to change it out. In a trial carried out at our Velocys facility, our commercial catalyst formulation has shown excellent stability, remaining active and within all process parameters at the 8,000 hour mark – and still going. And because longer life equals better economics, news of this important milestone is something we are happy to share with our readers.

On the conference circuit

Jeff McDaniel, Commercial Director, presented a well received talk entitled "The microchannel advantage: enabling the pioneering projects" at the Fall Meeting of the Bioenergy Deployment Consortium (BDC) in Columbus, Ohio, held on 18-19 October. Velocys also hosted a tour of its facilities for around 30 conference attendees from the pulp and paper industry and government agencies.

Tad Dritz, Business Development Manager, presented a talk titled "The microchannel advantage: liquidating smaller gas" at SMi Gas to Liquids 2011, which was held on 25-26 October in London. Oxford Catalysts Group was one of the sponsors of the conference.

Tad also presented a talk titled "Microchannel Technology Enabled Distributed Fuel Production Deployment Update" at the Energy Frontiers International Gas-to-Market and Energy Conversion Forum, 25-27 October at St Ermin’s Hotel in London.

Looking ahead, we will be presenting a talk at the Zeus GTL conference on 7 March, 2012 in Houston, Texas Information about this conference will be available soon on the Zeus website.

Oxford Catalysts Group will also be a silver level sponsor of the Syngas Convention on 1-4 April 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.

In the press

Our technology continues to attract coverage in the trade and technical press, including:

Technology rewarded

Oxford Catalysts Group ended 2011 by winning another major award.
Our modular synthetic fuel technology – which enables monetisation of low and no value resources through conversion into ultra-clean fuels – was named as the winner of the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award at a ceremony held in Houston, Texas, on 12 September, 2011. This award recognises the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialised anywhere in the world during the prior two years, and has been awarded biennially since 1933. Now we are hoping to repeat this success in 2012.

Velocys Receives SHARP Certification
On 11 January 2012, Velocys received Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certification for an additional three years. The SHARP program is administered by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to recognise small employers who operate exemplary safety and health management programs.

Company news

Welcome to:

  • Dr Neville Hargreaves, Business Development. Neville has long experience of business, product development and strategy in the energy industry, ranging from Exxon to clean energy start-up companies. He is located in our Milton Park, UK office.
  • Paul Kennedy, Senior Process Engineering. Paul is a registered professional engineer with a background in refining and refinery related processes. He is working at a home office in Tulsa, Oklahoma with monthly visits to Plain City, Ohio.

Dr Kai Jarosch moved from Plain City to Milton Park, to manage the technical team in the UK. Kai recently celebrated 10 years with the company.

Contact us for further information

General enquiries:
info@velocys.com or info@oxfordcatalysts.com

Technical press enquiries:

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