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FW, Clariant, Wison in China syngas project

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chemicalsFoster Wheeler AG, Clariant International AG and Wison Engineering Ltd are to jointly establish a pilot plant in China to demonstrate Foster Wheeler’s VESTA technology to produce substitute natural gas (SNG) from synthesis gas obtained from gasification of either coal or petroleum coke .

The unit is to go on-stream later this year under the agreement, which envisages a long-term cooperation to deliver and build methanation plants in China based on this technology..

Under a co-operation deal, Wison Engineering will provide engineering and construction services, Foster Wheeler will license the technology. Swiss-based speciality chemical company Clariant will supply the proprietary developed catalyst, while the plant will be operated by Wison Engineering.

VESTA is said to be a novel methanation technology designed to produce SNG from syngas produced by any commercial gasification technology. Its once-through operation involves no recirculation, so avoiding the need for expensive compressors. More simple reactors can be used, as the maximum operating temperature of 550°C avoids metal dusting.

“Focused on China, the world’s largest SNG market, this agreement is an important first step in establishing our ability to address the global SNG market,” said Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer, Foster Wheeler AG.

Liu Haijun, senior vice president of Wison Engineering, added: “By leveraging Foster Wheeler’s global expertise and technological strength as well as Clariant’s strong innovation in catalyst technology, we’ll continue to build up our capabilities in coal-to-chemical sector and will be well positioned to seize the favorable market opportunities in the domestic and overseas markets.”

Wison Engineering Ltd, which is based in Shanghai, provides construction and technical services for engineering installations in the petrochemicals, coal-to-chemicals and oil refining industries.

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