Celanese to cooperate with PetroChina to develop synthetic fuel ethanol opportunities in China with TCX process
22 August 2013
Celanese Far East Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of global technology and specialty materials company Celanese Corporation, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the development of synthetic fuel ethanol with PetroChina Company Limited, the largest oil and gas producer and distributor in China. Under this arrangement, the two companies will collaborate jointly to develop synthetic fuel ethanol opportunities in the People’s Republic of China utilizing Celanese’s proprietary TCX ethanol process technology. (Earlier post.)
TCX builds on Celanese’s acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstock—natural gas, coal and pet coke now, with biomass and waste planned for the future. (Earlier post.)
In the past, Celanese has suggested that in China, using coal as a feedstock for the TCX process (essentially, gasification to methanol carbonylation to acetyl/ethanol) would be a more energy- and cost-efficient use of coal relative to CTL to produce liquid fuels.
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