GE deploys coal gasification technology at two China plants

Houston, March 5, 2012 — Two recent GE gasification projects with ChinaCoal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical Co. and Guizhou Jinchi Chemical Co. demonstrate GE’s gasification technology at coal-to-chemical facilities and underscore the increasing role GE’s gasification technology plays in the expansion of the Chinese economy.

GE signed an agreement to license its gasification technology to ChinaCoal Shaanxi Yulin Energy & Chemical Co., a unit of China’s second largest coal company-ChinaCoal Group. This agreement, the first cooperative effort between the two entities, includes technology license, process design package and technology services.

The project, which is twice the size of GE’s largest coal-to-chemical facility to date, will use 14,900-cubic-feet gasifiers with an operating pressure of 65 bar. The GE gasification units will be installed at a coal chemical plant in Yulin, Shaanxi Province.

Once the project is completed, the facility is expected to process enough coal to produce about 25 million normal cubic meters of syngas per day, which will be used to make about 3.6 million tons of methanol per year.
Plant commercial operation is targeted in 2015.

Additionally, the first anthracite coal-to-chemical project in China using GE gasification technology has started operating in Tongzi, Guizhou Province, China. The plant uses two GE gasification units to produce syngas, which then is used to produce methanol and ammonia.

At full operation, the Tongzi plant produces 160 million std3 ft/day of syngas, with a chemical output of 300,000 metric tons per year of methanol and 300,000 metric tons per year of ammonia.

GE’s installed fleet of gasification units in China includes 75 gasifiers that use solid feed (slurry) and 77 gasifiers that use gas or liquid feed.

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