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  • Turning Gas Flares into Fuel

    Microreactor developers race to turn troublesome gas into usable crude oil.

    By Peter Fairley
    Monday, March 15, 2010






    Natural gas may be the cleanest fossil fuel, but it can be an unnecessary pest when it's produced as waste from remote offshore oil wells. Brazilian state oil company Petrobras is fueling a race between two developers of modular chemical reactors that could turn this "associated gas" into synthetic crude.

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    This is called 'white crude', conoco/phillips built a white crude test plant in alaska. Process worked OK, not cost effective yet and the crude was a bit waxy

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    • #3
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      Using it would certainly be better than wasting it......

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        ... and less polluting, not to mention the profit

        Larrycng

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          Re: Turning Gas Flares into Fuel

          Originally posted by Larryect View Post
          Using it would certainly be better than wasting it......
          I agree. Nothing ticks me off more than to be driving around and seeing this stuff being burned off for nothing ...

          It if burns, surely it can be used some way, some how.


          ?Innovation is driven by having access to things.? -- Gleb Budman, CEO of backblaze.com

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          • #6
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            I read on some forum there are even cars that can drive directly on natural gas. That could solve the flaring problem.

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              I think I heard that rumor too...
              It amazes me that the mentality is that if it can't go into the tank of a car as a liquid... it isn't fuel.

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              • #8
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                Would be a lot easier to just capture it and burn it in the platform's generating system.
                1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
                2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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                • #9
                  Natural gas flaring math problem

                  http://news.msn.com/us/drillers-burn...gas-each-month
                  How far can a Honda Civic Natural Gas drive on 266,000 million cubic feet of natural gas A DAY?

                  For those of you who do not open the link, this is how much natural gas is flared in North Dakota every day!
                  Can that be accurate?

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