|The basic gasification process. Click to enlarge. Source: Eastman|
Eastman Chemical Company plans to develop a $1.6 billion petroleum-coke fed gasification facility to be located in Beaumont, TX.
The plant will produce low-cost intermediate chemicals such as methanol, hydrogen and ammonia. The Beaumont facility will also be designed to capture and sequester the “vast majority” of its carbon dioxide.
Fluor Corporation will support the front end engineering design (FEED) effort. Eastman has licensed gasification technology from GE Energy for the project. Air Products has signed of a Letter of Intent to purchase hydrogen produced by the project on a long-term basis. Air Products will also construct and operate new air separation units (ASU) to produce more than 7,000 tons per day (TPD) of oxygen, essential to the gasifier operation.
In the project, which will be one of the first major solid-fuel gasification facilities in the Gulf Coast, Air Products will market hydrogen produced by the operation to its Gulf Coast hydrogen supply pipeline network.
The gasification project and our involvement represent a unique opportunity for Air Products to provide our world-class ASU technology, key to the operation of the gasifier, and to supply our West Gulf Coast pipeline system with hydrogen generated from petroleum coke fuel. This source of hydrogen diversifies our feed for our pipeline network and, in combination with our multi-plant system, will continue to provide refiners with a very highly reliable supply of hydrogen to make environmentally beneficial cleaner burning transportation fuels.—Alex Masetti, Vice President, Tonnage Gases North America for Air Products
Air Products’ Gulf Coast pipeline network extends from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to Lake Charles, La. The company’s Mississippi River corridor pipeline reaches from Baton Rouge to Norco, La., and east of New Orleans. These pipeline networks provide very highly-reliable hydrogen supply to approximately 50 refinery and process industry customers.