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Taiwan Oil Firm Funding Coal-to-Liquids Study in Alaska

29 September 2006

The proposed Cook Inlet Coal-to-Liquids Project. Click to enlarge.

The Alaska Commerce Journal reports that Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) of Taiwan will kick in $1.5 million to co-fund a preliminary feasibility study for an 80,000-barrel-per-day coal-to-liquids fuels plant near the Beluga coal fields on the west side of Cook Inlet, in Southcentral Alaska.

CPC is working with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Natural Resources-to-Liquids, LLC (ANRTL), an Alaska Fischer-Tropsch firm.

The Beluga coal fields have an estimated 1 billion tons of coal resources. If built, the plant would have projected capital costs of $5 billion or more.

The Alaska project may involve Shell or Sasol as technology providers, according to Richard Peterson, president of ANRTL. Seventy-five percent of the projected product would be FT diesel fuel, 20 percent would be naphtha and 6 percent would be LPGs, or liquefied petroleum gases.

Carbon dioxide produced by the process would be captured and sequestered in the Cook inlet oil fields for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Preliminary results from a US Department of Energy study indicate that a carbon dioxide, enhanced-oil-recovery project in Cook Inlet could result in an additional 300 million to 400 million barrels of oil from five producing fields.

Current oil production from the Cook inlet is 15,000 to 16,000 barrels per day. A CO2 EOR project could double the production and extend the lives of the mature fields by 20 to 25 years, according to the study.


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Not sure why we would allow China an interest in this project, oh that's right, they own a good portion of our country, e.g. trade deficit already. More info on the enviro impact would be helpful, too.

Company is from Taiwan, not mainland China. Any investment in CTL is good news to me.

at least the CO2 is sequestered. Anybody know if there are any fault lines running through the oil fields in question?

tthoms, IMHO China controls Taiwan a bit more than the US controls Iraq.

CO2 Sequestered?
Neil, on the lower west side of Alaska's Cook Inlet, is Mount Saint Augustine one of the state's most active volcanoes.
There have been a number of landslide-generated tsunamis in Alaska. At least five confirmed landslide-generated tsunamis during the 1964 earthquake that shook up two-thirds of the state.

Sequestered C02 has been shown to leak over time out of the ground. I don't think people will want to live anywhere near an area that could have the risk of a C02 leak. Everyone would suffocate (similar to the natural disaster in Camaroon, Africa). refer to link:
for more details.

I wouldn't write off CO2 sequestration quite so quickly. The tests in Weyburn were a success. Any leak that did happen would (short of major siesmic activity) be slow leaks. And if the CO2 is sequestered in the correct environment (deep and cold) it would remain as a liquid.

If you put the CO2 into empty natural gas wells that have held methane for who knows how long through who knows how many seismic activites, what is the problem?

how many people live near Mount Augustine????

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