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Altona Energy enters into coal and biomass gasification cooperation agreement with Rentech

Australia-based Altona Energy Plc, has entered into a cooperation agreement with US-based Rentech, Inc.

Rentech owns a proprietary iron catalyzed, slurry bed FT Process, which may be used to produce various FT intermediate hydrocarbon products from syngas. Rentech also owns the Rentech-SilvaGas process technology for the gasification of biomass to produce Syngas. In addition, Rentech has a strategic partnership agreement with UOP, LLC, a division of Honeywell International, which provides for UOP to offer access for the use of UOP’s technologies for syngas conditioning and for upgrading FT intermediate hydrocarbon products into commercial grade products such as transportation fuels and chemical grade naphtha.

The agreement with Rentech includes working together to evaluate coal and biomass gasification projects for the application of Rentech’s technologies in South Australia, where the Arckaringa Project is located. The Arckaringa Project is the Joint Venture between Altona and CNOOC-NEIA (a subsidiary of Chinese oil major CNOOC) to evaluate the development of the estimated 7.8 billion tonne Arckaringa coal resource (of which 1.287 billion tonnes is JORC compliant). (Earlier post.) The current base case for the Arckaringa bankable feasibility study is a 10 million barrel per year coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant (applying the FT Process) and 560MW co-generation export power facility.

Altona believes that there are significant potential synergies in the evaluation of the gasification of biomass in conjunction with the gasification of coal at the Arckaringa Project, for the production of energy products, including diesel, jet fuel, naptha and electricity.



various FT intermediate hydrocarbon products from syngas

That is like the ConpactGTL plant that produces syncrude.
The output still needs to be refined, it is not like the MTG process that produces gasoline.

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