GTL Vendor Velocys Releases Plan to Jump-Start the Company

When it comes to gas-to-liquids (GTL), MDN has observed (as we stated in a story yesterday, see Somerset KY Attempting to Land $70M Gas-to-Liquids Plant), that there’s a lot of thunder, a lot of smoke, a lot of sizzle–but no lightening, fire or steak. That is, GTL projects get rumored, even announced–but seem to never get built. With certain exceptions. One of those exceptions is a pilot project built by Velocys in Oklahoma. We’ve written a fair bit about Velocys, a UK-based company, over the past several years (see our stories here). Velocys previously purchased a GTL project planned for Ashtabula, OH, receiving all necessary permits to begin construction, but then put the project on indefinite hold this past August (see Ashtabula, OH GTL Plant on Hold “Indefinitely”). GTL plants convert natural gas, a hydrocarbon, into other hydrocarbons, like diesel fuel, gasoline, solvents and waxes. They are a potential new market for an overabundance of supply in the Marcellus/Utica. Velocys is one of the vendors that builds GTL plants–or at least wants to build them. The company has just released a new strategy plan to turn things around and actually begin building GTL plants. Will it be different this time?…

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