IHI E&C International Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of IHI Corporation, has been selected as the contractor of choice for the Sundrop Fuels inaugural gas to gasoline plant project in Alexandria, Louisiana. The combined commercial and demonstration plant will annually produce about 60 million gallons of finished gasoline from natural gas while providing the platform for Sundrop Fuels to prove its proprietary gasification technology for making renewable “green gasoline” from woody biomass. The success of Sundrop Fuels’ integrated commercial and demonstration plant will put in motion the company’s plan to build a series of renewable gasoline “megaplants,” each producing more than 200 million gallons of drop-in cellulosic biofuel annually.
IHI E&C is currently performing the front-end engineering design (FEED). Following successful execution of the FEED and finalization of the EPC contract exhibits, IHI E&C will execute the detailed engineering, procurement, construction and completions (EPCC) for the commercial plant. “With IHI E&C’s talent and resources, Sundrop Fuels looks forward to breaking ground on the final stepping-stone toward becoming a major producer of affordable, drop-in biofuel,” said Sundrop Fuels Chief Executive Officer Wayne Simmons. “It has extensive experience and a long history of successful project execution in plants with similar configurations and process units.”
In the commercial plant natural gas is first reformed into synthesis gas, or syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The syngas is converted into methanol which is then converted into 87 octane ((R+M)/2) gasoline.
”We are very excited in being involved in this gas to gasoline project that utilizes proven technologies for the conversion of natural gas to gasoline” said Glyn Rodgers, IHI E&C President.