Chalco LNG-Replacement Facility Soon to be Commissioned

Chalco LNG-Replacement Facility Soon to be Commissioned
Burning Incense at Shaolin Temple, Henan, China. Source: flickr.com Creative Commons

Houston’s Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. is preparing to commission the largest of three natural gas replacement projects constructed under the auspices of Tianwo-SES Clean Energy Technologies Co., Ltd. for the People’s Republic of China’s state-owned aluminium producer Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco).

The natural gas replacement projects produce clean and economical syngas to replace expensive imported natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG)-based energy. Syngas is made from locally-sourced coal using SES Gasification Technology (SGT).

“We are pleased to enter the commissioning of the final Aluminum Corporation of China syngas facility, at Henan Province, which completes the expansion of SES’s installed base from five to 12 commercial gasification systems in China. The other two facilities continue to deliver strong performance,” said DeLome Fair, SES President and CEO. “I congratulate our Tianwo-SES and SES teams on the latest milestone achievement at Henan which continues to illustrate the fast-track construction of these cleaner coal-to-gas industrial fuel projects that boast superior environmental performance and lower cost.”

According to the company, the Henan facility was designed with a syngas capacity of 120,000 Nm3/hr. Two of the four systems are running as of last month.

Tianwo-SES, which is a joint venture between Synthesis Energy System’s wholly owned subsidiary, SES Asia Technologies, Ltd. and Suzhou Tianwo Technology Co., Ltd. (Thvow), says that the first of such plants, in Zibo City, Shandong Province, features two systems and a syngas capacity of 80,000 Nm3/hr., and has been online since last summer. The venture says that the plant saves around US$50,000 per day by replacing expensive LNG.

Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) is a Houston-based company that develops and deploys coal and biomass gasification technology for developing countries. SES’s technology uses fuel sources like low-rank, low-cost high ash, high moisture coals, coal waste products, biomass, and municipal waste feedstocks for conversion into low-cost syngas.