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Intrexon, Dominion to Commercialize Bioconversion of Natural Gas to Isobutanol

Intrexon Energy Partners, and Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, have entered into an agreement to explore the potential for commercial-scale biological conversion of natural gas to isobutanol, a drop-in fuel with numerous advantages over other clean burning gasoline blendstocks. Intrexon says its proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the … Read more »


Ecological Dust Suppressant from Natural Gas

Soilworks has released its patent pending gas-to-liquid technology with its Durasoil dust control product, producing what the company says is “the purest, greenest and most effective synthetic dust suppression fluid in the world.” Durasoil’s synthetic fluid properties control dust on a micron level in the most extreme and intense-use situations … Read more »

Biofuels Power to Build Gas-to-Liquid Pilot Plant

Biofuels Power has signed a letter of intent with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and Liberty GTL to build a small-scale gas-to-liquid (GTL) demonstration facility in Houston. The pilot plant will commercially demonstrate converting stranded natural gas resources to synthetic crude oil. Its focus will be to optimize design and operability of … Read more »

Maverick Synfuels, Petrostar Petroleum Form Joint Venture

Maverick Synfuels, an alternative chemicals and fuels production technology company, and Petrostar Petroleum, a Canadian-based oil and gas exploration company, have formed Maverick Northstar, a joint venture to facilitate the deployment and operation of gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology in the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The small-scale modular … Read more »

Petrostar, Maverick Form GTL Joint Venture

Petrostar Petroleum and Maverick Synfuels have formed a joint venture to develop gas-to-liquids plants in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The plants will use technology that converts a methane-rich feedstock into high-quality methanol. Maverick Synfuels, formerly Maverick Biofuels, will commit exclusive licensing to Western Canada with … Read more »


GE, Sasol Develop Water Technology that Provides Biogas

Sasol and General Electric’s GE Power & Water have developed technology that will clean wastewater while also providing biogas as a by-product for power generation. This water treatment technology, known as Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Technology (AnMBR), will be further developed at a new demonstration plant at Sasol’s R&D campus at … Read more »


Shell Picks Site for $12.5bn Gas-to-Liquids Plant

Shell has selected Ascension Parish, near Sorrento, La., as the site for its planned $12.5 billion gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility, according to company officials and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The oil and gas company will finalize its decision to build the project after site evaluation and preliminary engineering studies are completed. Construction … Read more »

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

With crude oil price projected to top $140 per barrel by 2035, alternative fuel technologies, which can produce gasoline at the equivalent of $75 per barrel, will rise, according to a Lux Research report. Bringing the Heat: Gas- and Waste-derived Synfuels, says the price disparity between crude oil and other … Read more »

Carbon Sciences to Build Its First GTL Plant

Carbon Sciences to Build Its First GTL Plant

Carbon Sciences says it is focusing on Oklahoma as the location of its first gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which will turn natural gas into cleaner-burning gasoline. The company is evaluating several sites in the Tulsa area, CEO Bill Beifuss says. Carbon Sciences needs about 15 acres to build a modular miniGTL … Read more »

Qatar Jets to Fly on Natural Gas

Qatar Airways’ new Doha International Airport, scheduled to open in 2013, will pump airline fuel made from natural gas from Royal Dutch Shell’s gas-to-liquids plant, New York Times reports. The plant (pictured), called Pearl, jointly developed by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, produces up to 140,000 barrels a day of gas-to-liquid products, including … Read more »

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