Somerset KY Attempting to Land $70M Gas-to-Liquids Plant

Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plants convert natural gas, a hydrocarbon, into other hydrocarbons, like diesel fuel, gasoline, solvents and waxes. An abundance of cheap natural gas in the Marcellus/Utica is one of the prime motivators for establishing GTL plants in the region. Although we’ve heard plenty of talk about such plants, we’ve only seen a few prototypes get built. There’s lots of talk, lots of smoke–but so far, no fire. Will that soon change? We spotted a story about a GTL plant that may locate in Somerset (Pulaski County), Kentucky. Which we find interesting since Kentucky hates new gas pipelines, yet wants to build a plant that will use gas coming from pipelines (see KY Court Decision Goes Against Pipelines re Eminent Domain). But hey, maybe attitudes will change when they see the economic and environmental benefits from more natural gas, right? The mayor of Somerset is excited and perhaps prematurely announcing his town may (underscore may) get a new $70 million GTL plant. Thing is, the unnamed builder of the plant is also considering a location in Ohio, where there’s plenty of local natgas and pipelines already built. The good mayor may want not want to count his chickens before they hatch…

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