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Shenhua CTL plant ramping up production; profitable in first quarter of year

People’s Daily. Shenhua Group’s coal-to-liquid (CTL) project in north China operated profitably in the first quarter of this year, according to a company executive.

Zhang Yuzhuo, general manager of Shenhua Group, said at a forum held in east China’s Anhui Province that the group’s CTL project in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region produced 216,000 tonnes of refined oil products in the first quarter of this year, which brought more than 100 million yuan (15.38 million U.S. dollars) in profits.

With annual capacity expected to reach one million tonnes, the pilot project operated for 5,000 hours last year and produced 450,000 tonnes of oil products, according to Zhang. Sources with the group had said that Shenhua was considering injecting the assets of the CTL project into China Shenhua Energy Co., the group’s listed arm, after it begins to accumulate profits.



This may be one of the first large scale successful coal to fuels plants. Cellanese is built two larger coal to liquid fuels plants in China and should be in full operation within 24 months.

How many similar plants are being built in USA?. Any in full operation?

This may be one of the way to reduce oil imports.


What you find with CTL and GTL is the plants generate a lot of electricity. So they make fuels, they generate electricity and they become energy plants where most of the heat is used. This is a more efficient way to use fossil fuels and they can be cleaner as well.


Once fine tuned, these plants could solve part of USA' liquid fuel and future e-energy shortage problems. Hope that it can be done cleanly.


The coal fired power plants outside California transmitting power into California could be made IGCC. The coal is gasified to syngas and some is made into synthetic fuels and some is made into methane for the turbines. They are cleaner and more efficient.


Here are some projects in the U.S.


It appears that IGCC was in competition with the FutureGen program of the previous administration. FutureGen was promoting super critical powdered coal plants rather than IGCC. IGCC can remove 90% of the sulfur and mercury before combustion and could also make synthetic fuels, which explains the lack of support.

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