Oxford Catalysts Group
OCG SpeedRead
August 2012

The world is thirsty for new sources of liquid fuels, and many of the most promising routes to these petroleum replacements include Oxford Catalysts Group's technology. In North America, a gas glut has brought Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) to the fore, encouraging a range of companies in the natural gas supply chain to consider building GTL plants featuring our Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology. In the UK, British Airways is plotting a greener path through the skies by partnering in the GreenSky London project that will convert municipal waste into high quality aviation fuel, using our FT. Waste is also the feedstock of choice for Sierra Energy, which was recently awarded a California Energy Commission grant to demonstrate their gasifier with our FT. In Russia, Gazohim and their partner Rosneft are targeting flared gas with a modular GTL solution, using our FT. The pattern is clear and these announcements are just the cutting edge of a revolution that will supplement the world's petroleum derived fuels with cleaner burning synthetics produced using OCG/Velocys technology.

Roy Lipski, CEO

What's new?

Oxford Catalysts Selected for GreenSky London Commercial Plant
In early July, OCG's FT technology (marketed under the Velocys brand) was selected for the GreenSky London waste-biomass to jet fuel project. Renowned engineering firm, Fluor Corporation evaluated multiple FT technologies for project developer Solena, and ours was selected by Solena as the best fit for GreenSky London, as well as for future projects in California, Rome and Stockholm. British Airways is partnered with Solena on what will be Europe's first sustainable jet fuel plant.

Successful Start-up of Commercial Scale FT Reactor
"A true milestone" (according to CEO Roy Lipski) was reached in May when the first commercial scale microchannel FT reactor was started at a client's site. The FT unit (with a nominal capacity of over 25 bpd) is being operated by an integrated energy company, at their facility, to provide detailed engineering information for the design of commercial synthetic fuels plants. OCG announced the sale of this reactor in January 2012. The short time from sale to start-up was a result of close collaboration as well as the client having an existing facility into which the reactor was easily integrated.

Oxford Reactors Selected for California Demo Plant
With the help of a $5 million grant secured from the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company based in Davis, California, is progressing with the building of a waste to fuels facility in Northern California. The plant will produce clean diesel and other products using a combination of Sierra's proprietary FastOx gasifier and OCG's FT technology. Sierra intends to use this demonstration as the basis for the design and roll out of multiple commercial plants that will convert waste biomass material into ultra-clean synthetic fuels.

Rosneft GTL Demo Plant to Include Oxford Reactors
Gazohim Techno will design and construct a GTL demonstration plant using OCG's microchannel FT technology for Rosneft, an integrated oil company majority owned by the Russian government. This plant, to be located at Rosneft's Angarsk Petrochemical Complex, will have a capacity of 10 million cubic metres per year of natural gas and produce approximately 100 barrels per day of synthetic crude. The facility, which will begin operations in 2014, is envisioned as the first of many commercial GTL plants that will convert gas associated with oil production into synthetic crude or high quality downstream products, including synthetic diesel, waxes and naphtha (an important petrochemical feedstock).

On the conference circuit

Roy Lipski, CEO, presented at the 53rd Oilbarrel Conference on 19 July in London, UK. Posted on our site are both his slide presentation and a video of Roy's talk.

Jeff McDaniel, Commercial Director, presented at talk titled "Velocys: The Distributed GTL Solution" at World XTL Summit in London, UK on 23 May

Tad Dritz, Business Development Manager, presented a poster and talk titled "Never Say Never: North America GTL on the Horizon"  at World Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 June.

A poster by Oxford Catalysts researchers, led by Dr Laura Richard, won the Best Poster prize at Synfuel 2012 in Munich, Germany.

Coming soon:  We are sharing booth space with our modular GTL partner Ventech at the World Shale Oil & Gas Conference  in Houston, Texas on 18-21 September. We will also present at SMi Gas-to-Liquids in London on 4-5 October and exhibit at Gastech which is also in London on 8-11 October.

In the press

Our news from the past quarter attracted wide coverage in on-line trade and technical press:

Choice of OCG FT for GreenSky Project

Startup of Commercial Microchannel FT Reactor

Rosneft GTL Demonstration

Company news

Congratulations to Dr Mariela Sanoja on receiving her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh.

We continue to grow as commercialization of our technology accelerates. In the last quarter, we are pleased to welcome four new employees in the US (Matt Goshe, Matt Miller, Chad Wood, Jason Robinson) and four more in the UK (Krisztina Thompson, Charlie Humpries, Tony Robinson, Martin Keylock).

Contact us for further information

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

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