Sinor Synthetic Fuels Report
Volume 8 No. 2 July 2001 Table of Contents


GENERAL

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
ThermoChem Makes Progress With Pulse Combustor Project ....1
GOVERNMENT
Projects Will Advance Development of Ultra-Clean Transportation Fuels ....1
Honeywell Hybrid Fuel Cell to be Added to DOE Program ....2
DOE’s National Bioenergy Center Includes Feedstock Research and Analysis ....3
ENERGY POLICY & FORECASTS
Big Increase Seen in U.S. Demand for Biomass Energy and Raw Materials ....4
ECONOMICS
Potato and Wood Wastes Could Feed an Ethanol Plant ....5
TECHNOLOGY
MIT Research Demonstrates Hydrogen Manufacture With Non-Thermal Plasma ....7
ENVIRONMENT
Near-Zero Emission Powerplants Could be Future CO2 Control Method ....9
Joint Effort Yields New Well-To-Wheels Efficiency Analysis ....10
COMING EVENTS ....15


OIL SHALE

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Suncor Drops Out of Stuart Project, SPP Soldiers On ....16
Stuart Commissioning Updated ....17
Stuart Oil Shale Project Makes First Oil Shipment ....18
Stuart Stage I Project Completes First Run Under New Operating Group ....19
SPP/CPM Stockholders Given Promising Outlook at Annual Meeting ....20
RESOURCE
SPP/CPM Resource Evaluation Increases Companies’ Holdings to 30.1 Billion Barrels ....25


OIL SANDS

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Sincor to Offer Upgraded Orinoco Crude in 2002 ....30
Imperial to Spend C$1 Billion on Cold Lake Expansion ....30
Petrozuata Opens Venezuela’s First Orinoco Crude Upgrading Plant ....31
CORPORATIONS
Husky Energy Considering Three Separate Oil Sands Projects ....32
Canadian Natural Resources to Apply for Horizon Project Approval ....32
Bitor Profits Reported at $60 Million ....32
Conoco Buys Gulf Canada for US$6.3 Billion ....33
TECHNOLOGY
Visbreaking of Athabasca Bitumen Insufficient for Pipeline Transportation ....34


COAL

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Sasol to Install Another Advanced Synthol Reactor ....37
Liquid Phase Methanol Demonstration Continues Successful Operation ....37
EIS Due for CPICOR Project ....37
Piñon Pine Project Ends ....38
Port Arthur, Texas, Project to Use Wabash River Gasifier Design ....38
Dakota Gasification Company Reaps Record Profits in 2000 ....38
Louisiana May Get Petcoke Gasification Project ....41
CORPORATIONS
DGC Pursues Venture to Produce Catechols ....41
GOVERNMENT
Power Industry Signals Strong Support for Clean Coal Technology ....42
Report Extols Environmental Benefits of Clean Coal Technology ....42
DOE Praises CCT Accomplishments ....43
INTERNATIONAL
Clean Coal Centre Issues Report on Modeling and Simulation for Coal Gasification ....45
IEA Centre Addresses Use of Clean Coal Technologies With Lignite ....46
ENVIRONMENT
Improved Drying Techniques Would Lower Greenhouse Gases From Lignite Powerplants ....46
RESOURCE
SIUC Gets Money to Study Underground Mining Costs ....48


NATURAL GAS

PROJECT ACTIVITIES
Reema Will Use DOE Technology for GTL Plant in Trinidad ....50
Mossgas Adding to Gas-To-Liquids Facility ....50
CORPORATIONS
Rentech Proceeding With Industrial Off-Gas Studies ....50
Syntroleum Makes Progress on Sweetwater Project ....51
Rentech Puts Sand Creek Methanol Plant Conversion on Hold ....52
Shell Considers GTL Plants in Argentina and Australia ....53
Methanex Sees Strong Two Years Ahead for Methanol Market ....53
Three More GTL Pilot Plants on the Way ....55
GOVERNMENT
DOE Outlines GTL Research Strategy ....55
ECONOMICS
Chem Systems Sees Good Potential for Fischer-Tropsch Liquids ....57
TECHNOLOGY
Radically New GTL Process Developed at Texas A&M University ....58
University of Oklahoma Uses Plasma to Convert Gas to Liquids ....60
Syntroleum Sees Synthetic Fuels Playing Key Role in Truck Program ....60


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