Sinor Synthetic Fuels Report
Volume 5 No. 1 January 1998 Table of Contents


GENERAL

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Delaware Petrocoke Gasification Project Revived ....1-1
First E-Fuel Plant Scheduled ....1-1
CORPORATIONS
IGT and Krupp Uhde to Commercialize NFM Process for Upgrading Syngas ....1-2
GOVERNMENT
U.S. Presidentís Committee Says Drop Solid Fuels and Increase Natural Gas Research ....1-2
ENERGY POLICY AND FORECASTS
IEA Stresses Need for Better Energy Indicators ....1-6
National Research Council Addresses Sustainable Future for Transportation ....1-8
IEA Lists Actions Needed to Develop Potential of Renewable Energy ....1-9
IEA Sees Little Growth in Non-Hydro Renewable Energy ....1-10
ECONOMICS
Economic Comparison Made for F-T Liquids From Coal Versus Natural Gas ....1-12
TECHNOLOGY
Dimethyl Carbonate Investigated as Potential Synthetic Fuel ....1-15
Ballard Announces Startup of 250-kW Fuel Cell Powerplant Prototype ....1-17
SlurryCarb Process Brings New Approach to Energy From Wastes ....1-18
ENVIRONMENTB
Kyoto Protocol Sets Global Climate Change Strategy ....1-22
STATUS OF GENERAL PROJECTS ....1-26
COMING EVENTS ....1-28


OIL SHALE

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Stuart Project Begins Stage One ....2-1
CORPORATIONS
New Paraho Corporation Facing Liquidation July 1 ....2-1
STATUS OF OIL SHALE PROJECTS ....2-4
INDEX OF COMPANY INTERESTS ....2-18


OIL SANDS

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Syncrude Chief Extolls Project Accomplishments ....3-1
Syncrude Announces $3 Billion Upgrading Expansion ....3-2
Syncrude Wins Approval for Aurora Mine Project ....3-2
Suncor, Syncrude Production Records Updated ....3-3
New Pipeline Will Link Elements of Multibillion-Dollar Shell Canada Project ....3-3
PanCanadian and CS Resources Plan Christina Lake Project ....3-5
Syncrude Loss Management Strategy Revealed ....3-5
CORPORATIONS
Syncrude and Birch Mountain to Collaborate on Minerals Development ....3-7
Mobil Considers Commercial Mining and Extraction Plant at Kearl Lake ....3-7
Five Technical Planning Groups Focus Oil Sands Research at Conrad ....3-8
National Power Drops Plan for Orimulsion Use ....3-10
Crown Energy and MCNIC Form Utah Tar Sand Joint Venture ....3-11
GOVERNMENT
Alberta Ministry of Energy Notes Oil Sands Progress in Annual Report ....3-11
Alberta Research Council Still Active in Oil Sands Research ....3-12
Oil Sands Orders and Approvals Listed ....3-13
TECHNOLOGY
No Single Process Will Be the Best Solution for In Situ Recovery ....3-13
SAGD Process Still Searching for a Niche ....3-21
INTERNATIONAL
Orimulsion Reburn Trials in Illinois Successful ....3-24
Florida Power and Light Gets New Hearing on Orimulsion Plan ....3-25
ENVIRONMENT
Suncor Environment Report Gives Plan to Limit Greenhouse Gases ....3-26
New Air Quality Network Will Monitor Effects of Alberta Oil Sands Industry ....3-27
STATUS OF OIL SANDS PROJECTS ....3-30
INDEX OF COMPANY INTERESTS ....3-47


COAL

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Carbon Dioxide From Great Plains Will Extend Canadian Oil Field Life by 25 Years ....4-1
Puertollano Project Completed in 1997 ....4-2
K-Fuel Plant Recovers From Fire ....4-4
Wyoming Commercial Coal Project Canceled ....4-5
Syncoal Works On Dusting Problems ....4-5
COG Industries Drops Plans for Fertilizer From Coal ....4-7
Sasol to Build New Methanol-From-Coal Plant ....4-7
CORPORATIONS
Japanese Program in Clean Coal Conversion Reviewed ....4-7
Chinese Coal Conversion Program Reviewed ....4-9
GOVERNMENT
Clean Coal Technology Program Summarized ....4-10
ECONOMICS
Integration of Coal Liquefaction Into Refinery Profitable at $20 Oil Price ....4-11
Several Options Viable for Integrated Coal/Heavy Oil Process at $18/Barrel ....4-13
TECHNOLOGY
Recipe Developed for Blending Coal Liquids Into a Refinery ....4-16
Catalytic Synthesis Makes High-Value Chemicals and Materials From Coal ....4-21
Design Modifications Solve Slagging Problem in HYCOL Gasifier ....4-24
Coalbed Methane Production Enhanced by Underground Gasification ....4-26
CRE Group Studying Heavy Metal Partitioning in Cogasification ....4-28
Computer Simulations Aid Scale Up of Entrained-Flow Gasification in Japan ....4-29
FETC Researchers Demonstrate Liquefaction at Lower Pressures ....4-30
INTERNATIONAL
Three-Ton per Day Gasifier in Korea to Operate Until 1999 ....4-31
Underground Coal Gasification Seen Technically Feasible in Tianjin, China ....4-32
Joint China/Germany Project Studies Direct Coal Liquefaction in China ....4-33
MIT Researchers Estimate Life-Cycle Costs for Running Chinese Cars on Coal-Derived Fuels ....4-34
Lignite Retorted With Solid Heat Carrier in Chinese Pilot Plant ....4-37
Underground Coal Gasification Tested in China for Hydrogen Production ....4-38
STATUS OF COAL PROJECTS ....4-40
INDEX OF COMPANY INTERESTS ....4-80


NATURAL GAS

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Explosion Stops Production at Shellís Malaysia MDS Plant ....5-1
Texaco/Syntroleum Joint Venture Will Build Demonstration Gas-To-Liquids Plant ....5-1
Rentech Sees 3-Year Payback for Gas-To-Liquids Project in India ....5-1
CORPORATIONS
ARCO Building Pilot Plant for Syntroleum Process ....5-2
Methanex Announces Qatar Methanol Plant ....5-2
GOVERNMENT
DOE Gas-To-Liquids Program Reviewed ....5-4
ECONOMICS
Mossgas and Syntroleum Economics Compared ....5-5
TECHNOLOGY
Energy Internationalís GasCat Catalyst Ready for Gas-To-Liquids Applications ....5-9
Comprehensive Review by Haldor Topsoe Shows DME More Economical Than Methanol ....5-12
Amoco Sees Ceramic Membranes as Key Technology to Reduce DME Production Cost ....5-15
Kvaerner and BP to Demonstrate New Reformer Technology ....5-18
Chloromethane Process Could Yield Middle Distillates From Natural Gas ....5-18
STATUS OF NATURAL GAS PROJECTS ....5-20


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